The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration

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University of California Press, Mar 25, 1986 - Social Science - 402 pages
"It is likely that this book will be regarded as the most important piece of grand sociological theory in English of the past decade."—Mark Poster, University of California

"This book will take its place alongside such major statements of sociological theory as those of Parsons and Habermas. Anyone interested int eh state of the social sciences today, the character of social theory or the relevance of philosophy to social theory will now find it essential to grapple with Giddens's bold and incisive book."—Richard Bernstein, Haverford College, USA

"Anthony Giddens's new book is the fullest presentation yet of his theoretical views . . . . it has the lean, sparse, utterly serious, craftsmanlike qualities we have learned to expect from its author and which make it a real pleasure to read."—Dennis Wrong, Times Higher Education Supplement
 

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Contents

Elements of the Theory of Structuration
1
Consciousness Self and Social Encounters
41
Time Space and Regionalization
110
Front Regions Back Regions
122
Regionalization as Generic
130
Social and System Integration
139
Foucault on Timing and Spacing
145
Structure System Social Reproduction
162
Adaptation
233
Analysing Social Change
244
Change and Power
256
Parsons on Evolution
263
Structuration Theory Empirical Research and Social Critique
281
The Analysis of Strategic Conduct
288
The Duality of Structure
297
The Problem of Structural Constraint
304

Durkheim and Others
169
Constraint and Reification
179
Structures Structural Properties
185
Contradiction
193
Making History
199
Structural Sociology
207
An Alternative? Methodological Individualism
213
Change Evolution and Power
227
Contradiction and the Empirical Study of Conflict
310
Institutional Stability and Change
319
Structuration Theory
327
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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