Anthony Giddens: The Last Modernist

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Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Social Science - 242 pages
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Anthony Giddens is arguably the world's leading sociologist. In this controversial contribution to the Giddens debate, Stjepan Mestrovic takes up and criticizes the major themes of his work - particularly the concept of 'high modernity' as opposed to 'postmodernity' and his attempted construction of a 'synthetic' tradition based on human agency and structure.
Testing Giddens' theories against what is happening in the real world from genocide in Africa to near secession in Quebec, Mestrovic discerns in the construction of synthetic traditions not the promise of freedom held out by Giddens but rather the ominous potential for new forms of totalitarian control.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
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2 ANTHONY GIDDENS
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3 THE NEW VERSUS THE OLD RULES OF SOCIOLOGICAL METHOD
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4 THE ROLE OF DESIRE IN AGENCY AND STRUCTURE
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5 GIDDENSS POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
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6 GIDDENSS MODERNISM LITE
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7 UNLIMITED AGENCY AS THE NEW ANOMIE
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8 CONCLUSIONS
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NOTES
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REFERENCES
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INDEX
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Stjepan Mestrovic holds three degrees from Harvard University (in psychology, education, and theology) and a PhD in sociology from Syracuse University. He is the author of twenty books and numerous scholarly articles on classical and contemporary social theory, war crimes, and culture.

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