Giddens used concepts from objectivist and subjectivist social theories, discarding objectivism's focus on detached structures, which lacked regard for humanist elements and subjectivism's exclusive attention to individual or group agency without consideration for socio-structural context. Thus, for example, he enlisted the aid of geographers, historians and philosophers in bringing notions of time and space into the central heartlands of social theory. Believing that "literary style matters", he held that social scientists are communicators who share frames of meaning across cultural contexts through their work by utilising "the same sources of description mutual knowledge as novelists or others who write fictional accounts of social life.
Biography[ edit ] Giddens was born and raised in Edmonton, Londonand grew up in a lower-middle-class family, son of a clerk with London Transport ; he attended Minchenden School.
Giddens received his undergraduate academic degree in joint sociology and psychology at the University of Hull infollowed by a master's degree at the London School of Economics. Inhe started working at the University of Leicester where he taught social psychology.
At Leicester — considered to be one of the seedbeds of British sociology — he met Norbert Elias and began to work on his own theoretical position. Giddens worked for many years at Cambridge as a fellow of King's College and was eventually promoted to a full professorship in He is cofounder of Polity Press He was also an adviser to Tony Blair ; it was Giddens' " third way " political approach that has been Tony Blair's guiding political idea.
He has been a vocal participant in British political debates, supporting the centre-left Labour Party with media appearances and articles many of which are published in the New Statesman.
He has written commentaries on most leading schools and figures and has used most sociological paradigms in both micro and macrosociology. His writings range from abstract, metatheoretical problems to very direct and 'down-to-earth' textbooks for students.
His textbook, Sociology, first published inis currently in its eighth edition. In view of his knowledge and works, one may view much of his life's work as a form of 'grand synthesis ' of sociological theory. The nature of sociology[ edit ] Beforemost of Giddens' writings offered critical commentary on a wide range of writers, schools and traditions.
Giddens took a stance against the then-dominant structural functionalism represented by Talcott Parsonsas well as criticising evolutionism and historical materialism.
In Capitalism and Modern Social Theoryhe examined the work of Weber, Durkheim and Marxarguing that despite their different approaches each was concerned with the link between capitalism and social life. Giddens emphasised the social constructs of powermodernity and institutions, defining sociology as: He rejected Durkheim's sociological positivism paradigmwhich attempted to predict how societies operate, ignoring the meanings as understood by individuals.
Giddens is closer to Weber than Durkheim, but in his analysis he rejects both of those approaches, stating that while society is not a collective realitynor should the individual be treated as the central unit of analysis.
Social order is therefore a result of some pre-planned social actions, not automatic evolutionary response. Sociologists, unlike natural scientistshave to interpret a social world which is already interpreted by the actors that inhabit it.
According to Giddens there is a " Duality of structure " by which social practice, which is the principal unit of investigation, has both a structural and an agency-component.
The structural environment constrains individual behaviour, but also makes it possible. He also noted the existence of a specific form of a social cycle: Because social actors are reflexive and monitor the ongoing flow of activities and structural conditions, they adapt their actions to their evolving understandings.
As a result, social scientific knowledge of society will actually change human activities. Giddens calls this two-tiered, interpretive and dialectical relationship between social scientific knowledge and human practices the " double hermeneutic ".Giddens on agents and structures Anthony Giddens is one of the theorists whose ideas are most often invoked when the idea of social-structural explanation is in play.
His collection of essays, Central Problems in Social Theory: Action, Structure, and Contradiction in Social Analysis, is a classic statement of some of his views. 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.1/5(1).
Goffman’s theory basically assumes that identity is based on life’s performances and an individual's acceptance in to society is gained by how well each individual performs and conforms to . Structuration theory of Anthony Giddens.
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