Anthony Giddens and Modern Social Theory by Kenneth Tucker

By Kenneth Tucker

Anthony Giddens is widely known as essentially the most very important sociologists of the post-war interval. this is often the 1st full-length paintings to envision Giddens' social concept. It courses the reader via Giddens' early try to conquer the duality of constitution and service provider. He observed this duality as a huge failing of social theories of modernity. His try and get to the bottom of the matter could be considered as the foremost to the improvement of his brandmark `structuration theory'.

The publication is the main whole and thorough review of Giddens' paintings at present to be had. It accommodates insights from many various views into his concept of structuration, his paintings at the formation of cultural identities and the destiny of the geographical region. This fa

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44 In many ways, Giddens agrees with Habermas's assessment of the classical social theorists. He too contends that Marx has an overly instrumental understanding of production and its relationship to culture. He also argues that Weber does not have a sufficient appreciation of the ways that social life is reproduced through skilled interaction; like Habermas, Giddens sees Durkheim's theory of moral individualism as providing a meaningful rationale for modem social action, avoiding the perspective of Weber's iron cage, though Durkheim too has no adequate conception of the role of the skilled individual in reproducing society.

THE LEGACY OF CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY 21 collective conscience associated with moral individualism leads him to neglect the systematic treatment of how political power is generated, especially in parliament and political parties. 16 Finally, Giddens sees Marx's emphasis on the organization of production as the generator of conflict, and the source of social progress, as the major problem with Marxist analysis. Marx, like many nineteenth-century thinkers, uncritically celebrates the "Promethean attitude" that the expansion of productive forces is unproblematically tied to social progress.

Pp. 53-54. 6 Robert Nisbet, The Sociological Tradition (New York, Basic Books, 1966), pp. 8-9, 18. , p. 13. 8 Giddens, Studies in Social and Political Theory, p. 21l. 9 The Giddens Reader, ed. Philip Cassell (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 1993), pp. 50-72. See also Giddens, Politics and Sociology in the Thought of Max Weber, and Studies in Social and Political Theory, pp. 236-240. 10 Giddens, Studies in Social and Political Theory, pp. 214-218. 11 Irving Zeitlin, Ideology and the Development of Sociological Theory (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall, 1968); Lewis Coser, Masters of Sociological Thought (New York, Harcourt-Brace Jovanovich, 1977); Ralph Dahrendorf, Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society (Stanford, Stanford Univerity Press, 1958).

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