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  • Sep 1979

Central Problems in Social Theory

Action, structure and contradiction in social analysis


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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 1-8
  3. Structuralism and the Theory of the Subject

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 9-48
  4. Agency, Structure

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 49-95
  5. Institutions, Reproduction, Socialisation

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 96-130
  6. Contradiction, Power, Historical Materialism

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 131-164
  7. Ideology and Consciousness

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 165-197
  8. Time, Space, Social Change

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 198-233
  9. The Prospects for Social Theory Today

    • Anthony Giddens
    Pages 234-259
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 261-294


  • social science
  • social theory
  • sociology
  • structure
  • theory

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cambridge, UK

    Anthony Giddens

About the author

ANTHONY GIDDENS is Fellow of King's College and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is author of numerous books including Capitalism and Modern Social Theory, The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies and New Rules of Sociological Method.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Central Problems in Social Theory

  • Book Subtitle: Action, structure and contradiction in social analysis

  • Authors: Anthony Giddens

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Red Globe Press London

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Anthony Giddens 1979

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 304

  • Additional Information: Previously published under the imprint Palgrave

  • Topics: Sociological Theory