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Social Theory of Modern Societies : Anthony Giddens and his Critics - David Held

Social Theory of Modern Societies

Anthony Giddens and his Critics

By: David Held (Editor), John B. Thompson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th February 1990
ISBN: 9780521278553
Number Of Pages: 320

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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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"The level of scholarship by Giddens as well as his critics is superb. The select bibliography is conveniently divided into works by Giddens and works on Giddens. The index is far more comprehensive than one would expect, and is genuinely helpful." S. G. Mestrovic, Texas A & M University, in Choice "Social Theory of Modern Societies: Anthony Giddens and his Critics performs a balanced act of drawing to our attention the furthest horizons of this ambitious project, as well as pointing to some well-aimed salvoes which have pierced that far-reaching endeavour." Henri Lustiger-Thaler, Canadian Review of Sociology "Social Theory of Modern Societies: Anthony Giddens and his Critics performs a balanced act of drawing to our attention the furthest horizons of this ambitious project, as well as pointing to some well-aimed slavoes which have peirced that far-reaching endeavour." Henri Lustiger-thaler, Comptes Rendus

List of abbreviations
EditorsG++ introduction
Social theory as critique
Hermeneutics and modern social theory
The theory of structuration
Models of historical trajectory: an assessment of GiddensG++s critique of Marxism Erik
Capitalism, nation-states and surveillance
War and the nation-state in social theory
Only half the story: some blinkering effects of G++malestreamG++ sociology
Citizenship and autonomy
Presences and absences: time-space relations and structuration theory
Space, urbanism and the created environment
On the (ir)relevance of structuration theory to empirical research
A reply to my critics
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521278553
ISBN-10: 0521278554
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th February 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.09  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.39

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