By David Held, John B. Thompson
In past times decade, Anthony Giddens has released a chain of considerable volumes that experience outlined a particular and unique theoretical method. the dual focal issues of his study are the "theory of structuration" and the research of "modernity." Giddens' writing on those and similar issues are widely known as one of the most crucial contributions to theoretical debate within the social sciences. this is often the 1st ebook to supply a scientific and demanding evaluation of Giddens' paintings. It contains 11 severe essays particularly commissioned from individuals who're renowned of their personal fields. In a concluding essay, Giddens responds to the criticisms raised by means of those and different authors, and clarifies and elaborates on his present perspectives.