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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; New Ed edition (10 April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745600077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745600079
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′It is likely that this book will be regarded as the most important piece of grand sociological theory in English of the past decade.′ Mark Poster, University of California

′This book will take its place alongside such major statements of sociological theory as those of Parsons and Habermas. Anyone interested in the state of the social sciences today, the character of social theory or the relevance of philosophy to social theory will now find it essential to grapple with Giddens′s bold and incisive book.′ Richard Bernstein, Haverford College, USA

′Anthony Giddens′s new book is the fullest presentation yet of his theoretical views ... it has the lean, sparse, utterly serious, craftsmanlike qualities we have learned to expect from its author and which make it a real pleasure to read.′ Donnis Wrong, Times Higher Education Supplement

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Anthony Giddens has been in the forefront of developments in social theory for the past decade. In The Constitution of Society he outlines the distinctive position he has evolved during that period and offers a full statement of a major new perspective in social thought, a synthesis and elaboration of ideas touched on in previous works but described here for the first time in an integrated and comprehensive form. A particular feature is Giddens′s concern to connect abstract problems of theory to an interpretation of the nature of empirical method in the social sciences. In presenting his own ideas, Giddens mounts a critical attack on some of the more orthodox sociological views. The Constitution of Society is an invaluable reference book for all those concerned with the basic issues in contemporary social theory.

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This book contains the defining article on structuration: the inter dependency of agency and structure - if that is what you want to find out about then you need this book - no doubt - a classic in its own right and an authorititive source
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This book is well written, very in depth, thorough and considered. I particularly like Chapter 6 where Giddens pulls together his arguments and locates them within other well known studies. This gives 'context' to his theory (especially Willis, for those interested in his work). I have read many works by Giddens and believe this is the best at explaining his theory and would recommend it for that reason. Perhaps at times the main argument is dealt with in such depth it is easy to loose your way (especially perhaps if you are not used to his work); however Giddens usefully provides good opening summaries of the 'theory so far' at the start of each chapter, thus I'd recommend reading all of these first to put his argument in context if you need to get a grasp of his ideas.
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I am using this book for my Phd thesis and it is very illuminating to understand social process in our society.
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Although for me there are many new difficult words, it is inspiring.
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