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Jesse R. Pitts

Born: Jun 13, 1921

Death: Aug 2, 2003

Birthplace: East Palestine

Nationality: United States

Jesse R. Pitts

Date of Birth : Jun 13, 1921
Date of Death : Aug 2, 2003
Birth Place : East Palestine

Jesse Richard Pitts, was an American sociologist specializing in deviance and social control, family sociology, sociological theory, French society, and criminology. He is considered one of the leading disciples of Talcott Parsons, dean of American sociologists for much of the 20th century. Pitts is perhaps best known for his contributions to a large textbook on sociology, Theories of Society: Foundations of Modern Sociological Theory, edited by Parsons and published in 1961. He pioneered sociological work on marginality, deviance and conformity. He was interested particularly in criminology and the institutional treatment of mental illness. Raised on both sides of the Atlantic, Pitts felt at home in France as much as in the United States. He created the Franco-American periodical The Tocqueville Review, serving as editor from 1978 to 1991.

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