Time, Space, Social Change

  • Anthony Giddens
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Abstract

In developing the account of agency and structure suggested earlier, I have proposed that the conception of structuration introduces temporality as integral to social theory; and that such a conception involves breaking with the synchrony/diachrony or static/dynamic divisions that have featured so prominently in both structuralism and functionalism. It would be untrue of course to say that those writing within these traditions of thought have not been concerned with time. But the general tendency, especially within functionalist thought, has been to identify time with the diachronic or dynamic; synchronic analysis represents a ‘timeless snapshot’ of society. The result is that time is identified with social change.

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  • Anthony Giddens
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  1. 1.CambridgeUK

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