The Giddens Reader

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Stanford University Press, 1993 - Social Science - 356 pages
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The Giddens Reader contains a comprehensive selection of extracts from the works of the pre-eminent social theorist, Anthony Giddens. A wide range of important theoretical issues are covered, including Giddens' encounter with the writings of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Parsons and Foucault. The Reader also presents elaborations of Giddens' own innovative approach to the fundamental questions of social theory. His views on power, time-space and the relationship between action and structure are well represented, as are his illuminating analyses of the "late modern age." The readings are set out in such a way as to demonstrate the connections between Giddens' various writings - the uninitiated are thus presented with a framework to enable them to go on to read the complete texts with a knowledge of their position in the greater scheme of his work - and are of sufficient length to allow the reader to experience an extended and integrated line of argument and articulation of ideas. The readings are prefaced by an informative and straightforward introduction by the editor.
  

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Contents

ii The problem of order
7
iii Time space and social theory
17
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE CLASSICAL
38
ii The political context of Max Webers sociology
50
iii Durkheims political sociology
59
iv Marx Weber and capitalism
72
H PROBLEMS OF ACTION AND STRUCTURE
88
ii The production and reproduction of social life
101
i Timespace structure system
176
ii Timespace distanciation
185
iv The production of everyday life
202
i Parsons on power
212
ii Critique of Foucault
228
iv Class and power
241
v Administrative power and the nationstate
257
THE NATURE OF MODERNITY
284

iii The concept of structure
112
iv Structure action reproduction
126
v Lay knowledge and technical concepts
134
vi Structuration theory and empirical research
152
in TIME AND SPACE
165
iv Modernity and selfidentity
303
CRITICAL THEORY
317
iii Utopian realism
330
Select Bibliography
343
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Anthony Giddens, the former director of the London School of Economics and a current member of the House of Lords, is a world-renowned social theorist who has written over forty books. He has written on just about every major topic in sociology and is known for his work on modernization theory and globalization.

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