Anthony Giddens is one of the most respected and influential social theorists at work today. This wide-ranging and stimulating volume, first published in 1991, provides an authoratative and penetrating critical assessment of social theory. It will be of use to all students of sociology and social theory.
'Critical but comprehensive, this collection goes a long way towards a fuller understanding of the importance of structuration theory and situating Giddens in modern social theory' - Professor S. Turner, Department of Sociology, University of Essex
1. Introduction: coming to terms with Anthony Giddens 2. The California-Massachusetts strain in structuration theory 3. Power-knowledge and social theory: the systematic misinterpretation of contemporary French social theory in the work of Anthony Giddens 4. Structuration theory as a world view 5. 'Society as time-traveller': Giddens on historical change, historical materialism and the nation-state in world society 6. Time and space in Giddens' social theory 7. The dialogical model of applied sociology 8. Structuration theory: past, present and future