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The concept of structuration in social theory broadly refers to the theoretical attempt to move beyond the traditional, entrenched dichotomy between agents and structures by reconceptualizing the relationship between them. As such it encompasses the work of a number of influential social theorists like Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, and Roy Bhaskar to mention but a few that have articulated comprehensive frameworks to deal with the so-called agent-structure problem. Yet the term structuration theory (ST) is generally narrowly identified with the approach thoroughly developed by Giddens. This entry presents a general review on the contribution of ST in social theory and its implications for the study of security.
Prevalent Conceptualizations of Social Action and Social Structure in Social Theory
Giddens’s approach has emerged as a result of dissatisfaction with the prevalent conceptualization of social structure in social theory, drawing on a critical dialogue with the...
KeywordsStructuration theory Anthony Giddens The agent-structure problem Structure as rules and resources
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