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Communicating and Organizing in Context by Beth Bonniwell Haslett

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GIDDENS’ STRUCTURATION THEORY

A Brief Overview

Giddens is arguably one of the foremost social theorists of our time. His work has influenced governmental policies as well as significantly influenced sociological theory and social science generally. His work responds to the intellectual divisions in the 1960s and 1970s surrounding social theory, critical social and historical analysis, and the move toward recognizing the active, reflexive character of human conduct. His focus on reflexivity acknowledged the fundamental role of language and cognitive faculties in human activity, and incorporated language and meaning into all spheres of activity. In terms of the continuing debate surrounding structure and agency, Giddens is considered by many ...

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