Central Problems in Social Theory

In this new and brilliantly original book of essays, Anthony Giddens discusses three main theoretical traditions in social science that cut across the division between Marxist and non-Marxist sociology: interpretive sociology, functionalism ...


Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press

ISBN: 0520039726

Category: Functionalism (Social sciences)

Page: 294

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In this new and brilliantly original book of essays, Anthony Giddens discusses three main theoretical traditions in social science that cut across the division between Marxist and non-Marxist sociology: interpretive sociology, functionalism, and structuralism.

Central Problems in Social Theory

2 Agency , Structure is The principal issue with which I shall be concerned in this paper that of connecting a notion of human action with structural explanation in social analysis . The making of such a connection , I shall argue ...


Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520039750

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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"One of the most creative among the younger generation of critical social theorists, Giddens stands alone in his concern for the classical tradition on sociology; but he also makes brilliant use of the latest philosophical and theoretical work of several contemporary schools and disciplines. A very important book for all of social science."—Jeffrey C. Alexander

Studies in the Theory of Ideology

Anthony Giddens , New Rules of Sociological Method , p . 121 . 5. Adapted from Central Problems in Social Theory , p . 56 . 6. Anthony Giddens , A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism , p . 17 . 7. Anthony Giddens , New Rules ...


Author: John B Thompson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520358751


Page: 356

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The study of ideology has traditionally been concerned not only with political ideas and doctrines, but also with the ways in which social relations are sustained through the representation of institutions and events. These traditional concerns have been transformed in recent years by investigations into the nature of language and its role in social life. Exploring the links between language and ideology has become one of the most pressing tasks of social and political analysis. In this volume John B. Thompson examines some of the outstanding contemporary contributions to the study of ideology. He focuses primarily on European social theorists and philosophers, providing concise and critical appraisals of their work. In addition to asessing the contributions of well-known thinkers, such as Jurgen Habermas and Paul Ricoeur, Thompson introduces the reader to a rich variety of authors who habe been neglected in the English-speaking world: Cornelius Castoriadis, Claude Lefort, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Pecheux, Jean Pierre Faye. This work of these authors ia analyzed with a constructive aim: through a sympathetic assessment of their views, Thompson formulates the elements of a novel account of ideology. By addressing substantive and methodological issues as well as abstract questions of justification and critique, this account seeks to integrate sociological and philosophical considerations in a unified framework for the analysis of ideology. Studies in the Theory of Ideology will be essential reading for anyone intersted in the most important developments in European philosophy and modern social thought. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1984.

Anthony Giddens and Modern Social Theory

55 Giddens, Central Problems in Social Theory, p. 104; see also Sewell, ”A Theory of Structure,” p. 6. 56 Anthony Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1990), pp. 92-97.


Author: Kenneth Tucker

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803975507

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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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

Social Theory of Modern Societies

In any concrete situation of interaction , members of society draw upon these ( rules and resources ) as modalities of ... In Central Problems in Social Theory Giddens offers the following classification : 12 S - D - L D ( auth . ) ...


Author: David Held

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521278554

Category: Social Science

Page: 311

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A unique and engaging volume which is both a critical evaluation of Giddens' work and a guide to some of the theoretical issues which are at the forefront of the social sciences today.

Sociological Theory and Collective Subjectivity

A. Giddens, 'Functionalism: après la Lutte', in Studies in Social and Political Theory (London: Hutchinson, 1977) p. 96. His general account of structuralism and post-structuralism appears in his Central Problems in Social Theory, ch.


Author: J. Domingues

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230376342

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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The main theme of this book is collective subjectivity, analysed especially in connection with the work of Marx, Parsons, Giddens and Habermas, but also addressing the manifold tendencies of sociological theory, from its inception to the present. The book supports the idea that there is a conceptual shortcoming in the most relevant contemporary research programs in sociological theory, despite some recent efforts to re-develop concepts of collective actor, class or social movement. After the fragmentation of the sixties a number of synthetical approaches emerged. Some writers, such as Touraine, Laclau and Mouffe, Olson, Coleman, Hindess, Mouzelis and Eder have proposed some versions of concepts of collective subjectivity, focusing on collective actors, classes, genders, social movements, organisations and collective utilitarian action. But they do not, in terms of general conceptual construction, go further than Parsons and Marx: they often fail to match their original formulations. The concept of collective subjectivity is introduced to bring together these diverse approaches, which are synthesised and receive a more general definition. Moreover, this new concept is directly linked to those contemporary syntheses.

Between Daily Routine and Violent Protest

83 →Giddens, The Constitution of Society, 14. 84 →Giddens, Central Problems in Social Theory, 67, 77 – 78; →Giddens, The Constitution of Society, 170 – or the example of chess (cf. Central Problems in Social Theory, 65).


Author: Ernst Wolff

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110725148

Category: Philosophy

Page: 307

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Most human action has a technical dimension. This book examines four components of this technical dimension. First, in all actions, various individual, organizational or institutional agents combine actional capabilities with tools, institutions, infrastructure and other elements by means of which they act. Second, the deployment of capabilities and means is permeated by ethical aspirations and hesitancies. Third, all domains of action are affected by these ethical dilemmas. Fourth, the dimensions of the technicity of action are typical of human life in general, and not just a regional or culturally specific phenomenon. In this study, an interdisciplinary approach is adopted to encompass the broad anthropological scope of this study and combine this bigger picture with detailed attention to the socio-historical particularities of action as it plays out in different contexts. Hermeneutics (the philosophical inquiry into the human phenomena of meaning, understanding and interpretation) and social science (as the study of all human affairs) are the two main disciplinary orientations of this book. This study clarifies the technical dimension of the entire spectrum of human action ranging from daily routine to the extreme of violent protest.

Anthony Giddens

Third I hope the general account of social science that I've provided in structuration theory does actually provide some illumination for people who think about theoretical issues and also who attempt more basic empirical research .


Author: Christopher G. A. Bryant

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415116899

Category: Giddens, Anthony

Page: 1742

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Anthony Giddens has made original contributions to the fields of social theory, political sociology, the sociology of stratifications & suicide. This set includes carefully selected secondary articles which bring out the scope of his work.