Anthony Giddens and Modern Social Theory by Kenneth Tucker

By Kenneth Tucker

Anthony Giddens is well known as some of the most very important sociologists of the post-war interval. this is often the 1st full-length paintings to envision Giddens' social thought. It publications the reader via Giddens' early try and conquer the duality of constitution and business enterprise. He observed this duality as an immense failing of social theories of modernity. His try to get to the bottom of the matter will be considered as the main to the improvement of his brandmark `structuration theory'.

The ebook is the main entire and thorough overview of Giddens' paintings at present on hand. It comprises insights from many alternative views into his conception of structuration, his paintings at the formation of cultural identities and the destiny of the countryside. This fa

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105, 109. 16 Giddens, Studies in Social and Political Theory, pp. 263-272. 17 The Giddens Reader, pp. 38-40. See also Giddens, A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism, Vol. 1 . 1 8 Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1990) pp. 55ff. 19 Jeffrey Alexander, Theoretical Logic in Sociology, Vol. 1, Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1982), pp. 5-9. 20 Jeffrey Alexander, "The Centrality of the Classics," in Social Theory Today, ed.

It is important to point out at this juncture that Giddens's criticisms of Habermas, Alexander, and the legacy of the classics raise some difficult issues for his own social theory. B. DuBois and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The latter authors raise issues of race and gender that the classical theorists did not substantively address. Giddens, Habermas, and Alexander, though sensitive to the social context in which the theorists wrote, focus on internal European developments when ana­ lyzing the classics.

181 . For Habermas's critique of Weber, see Theory of Communicative Action, Vol. 1, pp. 143ff. 41 Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action, Vol. 2, pp. 43ff. On Durkheim's discussion of the non-contractual bases of contract, see The Division of Labor in Society (New York, Free Press, 1984[1893]), pp. 149ff. 42 Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action, Vol. 1, pp. 339ff. 43 Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action, Vol. 2, p. 77. , pp. 81-84. Durkheim discusses the cult of the individual in The Division of Labor in Society, pp.

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