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The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration

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Anthony Giddens has been in the forefront of developments in social theory for the past decade.
Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 15th 1991 by Polity Press (first published 1984)
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Jan 29, 2013 added it
Shelves: sociology
Giddens is an exceptionally intriguing writer, and his resolution of structure and agency reminds me a great deal of Bourdieu and his habitus. He lays down his theory with clarity and rigor, referring to the giants of social sciences past-- Marx, Parsons, Althusser-- neither bowing reverent before them but still recognizing their place in the evolution (perhaps not the word Giddens would want me to use) of a frame of thought. I'm especially fond of the way he needles some of the assumptions made ...more
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a very good and inspiring book, but it is very difficult to understand easily what Giddens means about structuration actually.
John Lussier
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
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 institutions. Giddens reveals the duality of structure: active agents make structures, but in turn, structures shape human actors. The reality of structures is often unconscious, habitual, and unexamined, but Giddens shows why critical thorough analysis of structurization is vitally important for society. ...more
Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sosiologi
Pemikiran Giddens tentang teori strukturasi ini memang masih bisa dikatakan berada dalam paradigma interpretif. Ia berusaha menjelaskan model struktur sosial (signifikansi, dominasi, legitimasi) berdasarkan teorema dualitas (bukan dualisme) antara struktur dan agen. Saya rasa pada era selanjutnya dalam karir akademisinya Giddens menjadi lebih kritis seperti yang tampak pada bukunya Beyond Left and Right.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Provides an alternate methodology for studying the interaction between human action and what we call "society." As with many innovative thinkers today, Giddens is attempting to reset sociology. Mainstream sociology tends to treat society as a thing itself, as opposed to patterns of interaction. Giddens questions these approaches and provides some methodologies that perhaps help us move on.
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book.

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Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens (born 18 January 1938) is a British sociologist who is renowned for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29 languages, issuing on average more than one book every year. In 2007, Gidden ...more
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