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Volume :35 Issue : 2 2007      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Structuration Theory: A Third Alternative

Auther : Fawaz O. Alanezi

Abstract: One of the central problems of social theory is the dualism of structure and agency. Sociological theories are often categorized according to their emphasis on human action (agency) versus structure. We as sociologists, find ourselves between two sides that oppose each other. In more recent years, and especially in Europe, there is a new approach that has been developing; this approach is agency-structure integration. A few examples of this approach are the work of Anthony Giddens (structuration theory), Margaret Archer (culture and agency), and Pierre Bourdieu (habitus and field). In this paper I will critically present and assess Giddens structuration theory because of its significance in modern sociological theory. This paper will present a brief analysis and assessment of Giddens structuration theory in terms of its validity as a theoretical perspective and its ability to operate in empirical research. I argue that (1) Giddens fails to apply this integration to the real world, and that this notion of agency-structure integration is an abstract one, which cannot be found in reality, and (2) Giddens fails to present an adequate theory that can be operationalized as a whole, and that could be used in empirical research, and (3) using his study The Nation-State and Violence as an example-, Giddens fails to use his structuration concept, but rather he uses a structuralist position in his analysis. Giddens fails to present a theory that could be used in social research, and which serves as a mechanism that can understand, explain, and, accordingly, predict social phenomena. Nonetheless, his theory is still of great significance to social science in the abstract.

Key words: Structuration theory, Agency, Structure, Human action.

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