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Social Theory of Modern Societies

Social Theory of Modern Societies
Anthony Giddens and his Critics


David Held, John B. Thompson, Richard J. Bernstein, Zygmunt Bauman, Erik Olin Wright, Bob Jessop, Martin Shaw, Linda Murgatroyd, Derek Gregory, Peter Saunders, Nicky Gregson, Anthony Giddens
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  • Date Published: December 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521278553

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  • This book offers a comprehensive appraisal of the work of Anthony Giddens, who is known worldwide as one of the leading figures in social theory and the social sciences. During the last decade Giddens has published a series of substantial volumes which have defined a distinctive and original theoretical approach. The twin focal points of his approach are the 'theory of structuration' and the analysis of 'modernity'. Giddens's writings on these and related themes are widely recognized as among the most important contributions to theoretical debate in the social sciences. Social Theory of Modern Societies is the first volume to provide a systematic and critical assessment of Giddens's contributions. The volume includes eleven critical essays - all of which were specially commissioned for this volume - by authors who are well known in their own fields: Zygmunt Bauman, Richard J. Bernstein, Derek Gregory, Nicky Gregson, David Held, Bob Jessop, Linda Murgatroyd, Peter Saunders, Martin Shaw, John B. Thompson and Erik Olin Wright. In a long concluding chapter, Anthony Giddens responds to the criticisms raised by these and other authors, clarifying and elaborating his current views. The result is a unique and engaging book which gives both a critical evaluation of Giddens's work and a guide to some of the theoretical issues which are at the forefront of the social sciences today. It will be of interest to students and academics in sociology, politics and geography, and to students in the social sciences and humanities generally.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521278553
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List 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
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  • Editors

    David Held, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    John B. Thompson, University of Cambridge


    David Held, John B. Thompson, Richard J. Bernstein, Zygmunt Bauman, Erik Olin Wright, Bob Jessop, Martin Shaw, Linda Murgatroyd, Derek Gregory, Peter Saunders, Nicky Gregson, Anthony Giddens

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