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Structuration

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

British social theorist Anthony Giddens's theory of structuration presents some key insights about the extent to which social structures (organizations, social networks, societies) are influenced by human interaction. Giddens's theory addresses the debate about the complex relationship between individuals and society. On the one hand, one may argue that human action is influenced and even constrained by the rules, norms, and institutions that are central in human social systems. On the other hand, it may be argued that creative ...

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