The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration

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University of California Press, 1984 - Institutions sociales - 402 pages
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Anthony Giddens has been in the forefront of developments in social theory for the past decade. In "The Constitution of Society" he outlines the distinctive position he has evolved during that period and offers a full statement of a major new perspective in social thought, a synthesis and elaboration of ideas touched on in previous works but described here for the first time in an integrated and comprehensive form. A particular feature is Giddens's concern to connect abstract problems of theory to an interpretation of the nature of empirical method in the social sciences. In presenting his own ideas, Giddens mounts a critical attack on some of the more orthodox sociological views. "The Constitution of Society" is an invaluable reference book for all those concerned with the basic issues in contemporary social theory.
 

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TRULY INTERESTING COMBINATION OF THEORIES BY ANTHONY GIDDENS;IT REQUIRES MUCH THAT INDICATES HIS PERCEPTIONS FOUNDED ON HIS REFUTATION AND AVERSION TO SELF INTERESTED AGRANDISEMENT AND OPINIONATION AS THE PREDOMINANT GOVERNING SOCIAL PROCESSES OR STANDARDS OF THOUGHT.GIDDENS HOLDS TO PERCEPTIONS THAT REPLICATIONS OF SOCIETAL PREFERENCES AND COMMON NODES OF COMMUNICATON AND PRACTICE ARE THOSE STRUCTURES THAT FORMULATE ENDURING AND COMMON ADVANCEMENTS FOUNDED ON COMMON PREMISES THAT ARE INCLUSIVE AS OPPOSED TO EXCLUSIVE, MORE RELATIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE OF THAT SOCIETY AND HUMANITY IN GENERAL, AND MORE REFLECTIVE OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OS PHENOMENOLOGY THAT REVEALS THE ESSENCE THAT SOCIETY REVEALS ITSELF INTERPRETED AS IT PRESENTS ITSELF AS KNOWN BY ITS PREFERED MANIFESTATION OF ITSELF AS THE PREFERED PHENOMENON COMMONLY IDENTIFIED BY MANY AS INHERENTLY PERTINENT AND RELEVANT TO THEIR OWN EXISTENCE AND INVOLVEMENT WITHIN SOCIETY.IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH GIDDENS WOULD CONSIDER THE SUBJECTIVE ELEMENT OF INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITY AS DEFINED BY PSYCHOANALYSTS BY VARIOUS ENTITIES AS EITHER A CONSCIOUS INVOLVEMENT WITH A SOCIAL CONTEXT INTENDED AS INDIVIDUAL AND PARTICULAR CONTRIBUTION,PRESUMED GENERALISATION WITHOUT PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO ANY PARTICUALR INVOLVEMENT DISTINCT FROM ANOTHER, OR THAT THE REALITY REVEALS INTEPRETATIONS FORMED AND GAINED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF SCHOLARLY AND THEORETICAL PURSUITS INCULCATED INTO PARTICULAR SOCIETIES WITH INTENTIONS TO FACILITATE SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION. WOULD IT THEREFORE BE PRUDENT TO IMAGINE CONSISTENT MANIFESTATIONS WITHIN SOCIETY AS THE PREVAILENCE OF GENETIC COMMONALITIES APPARENT CONSISTENT REAL EVIDENCE TO THE FACT THAT FORMATIVE SOCIETAL STRUCTURES AND LOCATION ENSURE THE CONTINUITY OF HEREDITARY ADVANCEMENTS WITH THE PROGRESSION OF TIME OR THAT GENETIC FACTORS REPLICATE IRRESPECTIVE OF SOCIETAL STRUCTURES AND LOCATION .  

Contents

Elements of the Theory of Structuration
1
Consciousness Self and Social Encounters
41
Time Space and Regionalization
110
Structure System Social Reproduction
162
Methodological Individualism
207
Change Evolution and Power
227
Structuration Theory Empirical Research and Social Critique
281
Mutual Knowledge versus Common Sense
334
The Practical Connotations of Social Science
348
Glossary
373
Index
392
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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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