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Unformatted text preview: 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 which such systems are (re)produced in interaction....
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- Spring '10
- Sociology, Anthony Giddens, Structuration Theory