Anthony Giddens is widely recognized as one of the most important sociologists of the post-war period. This is the first full-length work to examine Giddens' social theory. It guides the reader through Giddens' early attempt to overcome the duality of structure and agency. He saw this duality as a major failing of social theories of modernity. His attempt to resolve the problem can be regarded as the key to the development of his brandmark 'structuration theory'.
The book is the most complete and thorough assessment of Giddens' work currently available. It incorporates insights from many different perspectives into his theory of structuration, his work on the formation of cultural identities and the fate of the nation-state. This fa
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Table of ContentsIntroductionPART ONE: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIAL THEORYThe Legacy of Classical Sociological TheoryNew Rules of Sociological Method Positivism, Interpretive Sociology and Structuration TheoryStructuration Theory Reconceptualizing Agency and StructurePART TWO: SOCIAL CHANGE AND MODERNITYThe State, Capitalism and Social ChangeThe Culture of Modernity From the Critique of Postmodernism to the Rise of the New Social MovementsThe Problems and Possibilities of a Democratic Public Life in Late Modern SocietiesFeminism, Sexuality and Self-IdentityConclusion