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The structure/agency debate has been among the central issues in discussions of social theory. It has been widely assumed that the key theoretical task is to find a link between social structures and acting human beings to reconcile the macro with the micro, society and the individual. This book considers a general movement in which the collective concepts established by the early pioneers of modern sociological thought have been reconsidered in the light of both theoretical critique and empirical results. It argues that the contemporary sociological preoccupation with structure and agency has had disastrous effects on the understanding of Karl Marx's ideas. Through a critical evaluation of 'structuration theory' as a purported synthesis of 'structure and agency', the book also argues that the whole idea of a structure-and-agency 'problem' mythologises the fracture lines that do run through relatively recent sociological thought. Michel Foucault's ideas were used to both shore up existing positions in sociology and to instantiate (or solve) the 'new' structure-agency 'problem'. Foucault allowed sociologists to conduct 'business as usual' between the demise of structuralism and the contemporary consensus around Pierre Bourdieu-Anthony Giddens-Jurgen Habermas and the structure-agency dualisms. Habermas is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary social theory.

Magnus Ryner

of the social democratic Third Way. In other words, modern European social democracy is so deeply imbricated with the system that is in crisis that it is in no position to offer an alternative to it. In pursuit of this argument, I return to my critique of Anthony Giddens’s (1998) key contribution to social democratic ideology, The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy (Ryner, 1999, 2002: 6–54, 2003a). This should not be seen as expressing some extreme constructivist assumption that ideas by academics determine political projects. Clearly, European social

in European social democracy during the global economic crisis
David Morrison

Way’ emerged in 1998. There were two publications that marked the emergence of a ‘Third Way’ discourse: The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy , by Anthony Giddens of the London School of Economics, and The Third Way: New Politics for the New Century , by Tony Blair. 7 Both publications were given considerable media coverage, with exposure being particularly given to

in The Third Way and beyond
Will Leggett

. 19 Giddens 1994: 93. 20 Ibid . References Callinicos , A. ( 1999 ) ‘ Social theory put to the test of politics: Pierre Bourdieu and Anthony Giddens ’, New Left Review ( I

in The Third Way and beyond
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Transitioning from film to digital
Ben Lamb

-political concerns that the early 1990s were a period of moral decline. Lastly, an examination of The Cops (BBC, 1998–2001) determines how digital, handheld cameras combine docudrama’s emotional realism with the ‘horizontality’ of contemporary social realism to embody the precariousness of Anthony Giddens’s ‘new individualism’ whilst critiquing New Labour’s adoption of ‘left

in You’re nicked
Stephen Turner

In the United States, a new historiography and social theory of consensus was created in such works as Richard Hofstader’s The American Political Tradition . 22 The sense of living in an interregnum evaporated, as did the urgency of the concerns of the earlier discussion. The fresh start Alasdair MacIntyre, Robert Bellah and Anthony Giddens are the three most prominent thinkers associated with the concept of post-traditionalism. None of them ever engaged this earlier literature, and apparently were

in Post-everything
Christopher G.A. Bryant

a cause for celebration. Such a future is not guaranteed but cosmopolitan England already has enough substance to allow rejection of Marquand’s supercilious charge that England has not even the potential to stand for anything worthwhile. This chapter belongs to the genre Anthony Giddens (1990: 154) calls utopian realism. It is utopian insofar as it treats cosmopolitan England

in These Englands
Rob Manwaring

onwards) it had ceased to use the term as the defining motif  of its ­politics (Clift 2004, p. 36). Concurrently, key advocates such as Anthony Giddens adopted the term ‘New Social Democracy’ (NSD), as they argued that the debate about the Third Way label was obscuring the wider aims and ideas that underpin the ‘modernisation’ of social democracy (Giddens 2002; White 2001). The academic discourse has seen some movement toward using the term ‘New Social Democracy’ rather than ‘Third Way’ (Gamble and Wright 1999). For the purposes of this book, the Third Way and the NSD

in The search for democratic renewal
A managerial perspective
Peter McCullen
Colin Harris

Relations , 29 ( 4 ). Juran , J. ( 1974 ) Quality Control Handbook , 3rd edn , New York , McGraw-Hill . Kaspersen , L. ( 2000 ) Anthony Giddens: An Introduction to a Social Theorist , Oxford , Blackwell . Legge , K. ( 1995 ) Human Resource Management – Rhetorics and Realities , London , Macmillan

in The Third Way and beyond
Paul Cammack

the effort to re-align and redefine key social values in such a way that they confirm rather than challenge the logic of capitalism. Anthony Giddens’s The Third Way (published in 1998, and followed two years later by The Third Way and its Critics ) was advertised and widely understood as presenting a new politics of the ‘Centre-Left’, adapted to the

in The Third Way and beyond