The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration by Anthony GiddensThe Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration by Anthony Giddens

The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration

byAnthony Giddens

Paperback | March 25, 1986

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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.
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. Altho...
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Title:The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of StructurationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:417 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:March 25, 1986Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520057287

ISBN - 13:9780520057289

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Table of Contents

Preface 
Abbreviations 
Introduction 
1 Elements of the Theory of Structuradon 
The Agent, Agency 
Agency and Power 
Structure, Structuration 
The Duality of Structure 
Forms of Institution 
Time, the Body, Encounters 
2 Consciousness, Self and Social Encounters 
Reflexivity, Discursive and Practical Consciousness 
The Unconscious, Time, Memory 
Erikson: Anxiety and Trust 
Routinization and Motivation 
Presence, Co-Presence and Social Integration 
Goffman: Encounters and Routines 
Seriality 
Talk, Reflexivity 
Positioning 
Critical Notes: Freud on Slips of the Tongue 
3 Time, Space and Regionallzadon 
Time-Geography 
Critical Comments 
Modes of Regionalization 
Mutual Knowledge versus Common Sense 
Generalizations in Social Science 
The Practical Connotations of Social Science 
Critical Notes: Social Science, History and Geography 
Glossary 
Bibliography 
Index

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This book 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 her for the first time in an integrated and comprehensive form.