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Anthony Giddens and Modern Social Theory by Kenneth Tucker PDF

By Kenneth Tucker

ISBN-10: 0803975503

ISBN-13: 9780803975507

Anthony Giddens is widely known as probably the most very important sociologists of the post-war interval. this can be the 1st full-length paintings to ascertain Giddens' social conception. It courses the reader via Giddens' early try to conquer the duality of constitution and company. He observed this duality as an incredible failing of social theories of modernity. His try to get to the bottom of the matter might be considered as the most important to the improvement of his brandmark `structuration theory'.

The ebook is the main entire and thorough evaluate of Giddens' paintings at present to be had. It accommodates insights from many alternative views into his conception of structuration, his paintings at the formation of cultural identities and the destiny of the countryside. This fa

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Giddens does not defend this notion of an ontology in great detail, but seems to think that social theorists waste a lot of energy in fruitless debates about the nature of reality. In Bryant and Jary's words, Giddens is a "naive realist; there is a world out there and the ease with which one can bump against it is for him, as for Durkheim, confirmation of its facticity. "45 Giddens advocates reconceptualizing the agent as neither a passive follower of rules nor an entirely free person, but as a reflexive, knowl­ edgeable actor, bound by particular circumstances.

The latter authors raise issues of race and gender that the classical theorists did not substantively address. Giddens, Habermas, and Alexander, though sensitive to the social context in which the theorists wrote, focus on internal European developments when ana­ lyzing the classics. 47 Giddens does reject the evolutionism of the classical tradition in his structuration theory. Yet his approach to the intricacies of rationaliza­ tion, both as a historical process and as a characteristic of contemporary societies, is not clearly spelled out.

38-40. See also Giddens, A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism, Vol. 1 . 1 8 Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1990) pp. 55ff. 19 Jeffrey Alexander, Theoretical Logic in Sociology, Vol. 1, Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1982), pp. 5-9. 20 Jeffrey Alexander, "The Centrality of the Classics," in Social Theory Today, ed. Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1987), p.

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