Summary_5_Giddens - Samir Patel 1 SOC_169_W11 Summary 5...

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Samir Patel SOC_169_W11 1 Summary 5 – Giddens Summary Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist, developed the Structuration Theory in response to claims that the conditions humans find themselves in are determined for them by past structures, and volunteerism that suggests that humans are completely free to create their lived environment. The theory of structuration states that the basic domain of social science study is neither the experience of the individual nor the existence of any form of societal totality, but social practices. Through social activities people reproduce the actions that make these practices possible. The core of structuration theory lies in the concepts of structure, system, and duality of structure. Structuration refers to the conditions governing the continuity or transmutation of structures, and thus the reproduction of social systems. Structure refers to the rules and resources, or transformation relations, organized as properties of social systems. System refers to the reproduced relations between people organized as regular social practices. Structuring properties makes it possible for discernibly similar social practices to exist across varying spans of time and space. Analyzing the structuration of social systems means studying the modes in which such systems are (re)produced in interaction. Social structures are sets of rules and resources that are institutionalized in society and carried as memory traces in socialized actors. Giddens claims social structures are both the media for actors to produce interactions and the
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course SOC 169 taught by Professor Maryan during the Spring '10 term at UC Riverside.

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