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Definitions of Social Action

Max Weber defines social action: action is social in so far as by virtue of the subjective meaning attached to it by acting individual it takes account of the behaviour of others and is thereby oriented in its course.

It includes all human behaviour when and in so far as the acting individual attaches a subjective meaning to it.

According to Talcott Parsons a social action is a process in the actor-situation system which has motivational significance to the individual actor or in the case of collectivity, its component individuals.

According to Pareto sociology tries to study the logical and illogical aspects of actions. Every social action has two aspects one is its reality and other is its form. Reality involves the actual existence of the thing and the form is the way the phenomenon presents itself to the human mind. The first is called the objective and the other is called subjective aspects.

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