During the past decade, Anthony Giddens has published a series of substantial volumes that have defined a distinctive and original theoretical approach. The twin focal points of his research are the "theory of structuration" and the analysis of "modernity." Giddens' writing on these and related themes are widely recognized as among the most important contributions to theoretical debate in the social sciences. This is the first book to provide a systematic and critical assessment of Giddens' work. It includes eleven critical essays specially commissioned from contributors who are well known in their own fields. In a concluding essay, Giddens responds to the criticisms raised by these and other authors, and clarifies and elaborates on his current views.
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Table of ContentsList of abbreviations; Editors' introduction David Held and John B. Thompson; 1. Social theory as critique Richard J. Bernstein; 2. Hermeneutics and modern social theory Zygmunt Bauman; 3. The theory of structuration John B. Thompson; 4. Models of historical trajectory: an assessment of Giddens's critique of Marxism Erik Olin Wright; 5. Capitalism, nation-states and surveillance Bob Jessop; 6. War and the nation-state in social theory Martin Shaw; 7. Only half the story: some blinkering effects of 'malestream' sociology Linda Murgatroyd; 8. Citizenship and autonomy David Held; 9. Presences and absences: time-space relations and structuration theory Derek Gregory; 10. Space, urbanism and the created environment Peter Saunders; 11. On the (ir)relevance of structuration theory to empirical research Nicky Gregson; 12. A reply to my critics Anthony Giddens; Select bibliography; Index.