The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1986 - Social Science - 402 pages
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"It is likely that this book will be regarded as the most important piece of grand sociological theory in English of the past decade."--Mark Poster, University of California

"This book will take its place alongside such major statements of sociological theory as those of Parsons and Habermas. Anyone interested int eh state of the social sciences today, the character of social theory or the relevance of philosophy to social theory will now find it essential to grapple with Giddens's bold and incisive book."--Richard Bernstein, Haverford College, USA

"Anthony Giddens's new book is the fullest presentation yet of his theoretical views . . . . it has the lean, sparse, utterly serious, craftsmanlike qualities we have learned to expect from its author and which make it a real pleasure to read."--Dennis Wrong, Times Higher Education Supplement

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A modern classic of sociology that examines the role of structures in society. Structures are seen as the non-physical reality of human rules and resources, expressed in action, time/space, and ... Read full review

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This is a very good and inspiring book, but it is very difficult to understand easily what Giddens means about structuration actually. Read full review


Elements of the Theory of Structuradon
Consciousness Self and Social Encounters
Time Space and Regionalization
Structure System Social Reproduction
Methodological Individualism
Change Evolution and Power
Structuration Theory Empirical Research and Social Critique
Mutual Knowledge versus Common Sense
The Practical Connotations of Social Science

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Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist, was educated at Hull, the London School of Economics, and Cambridge, and is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His interests have been varied, but they tend to focus on questions related to the macro-order. Much of his theoretical writing deals with stratification, class, and modernity. Although he has concentrated on dynamic issues of social structure, he has also examined how social psychological concerns are part of this broader order of human relations.

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