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Chapter Five: Giddens and Cultural Analysis: Absent Word and Central Concept
Anthony Giddens has been one of the most widely cited social theorists in English-speaking countries in the past two decades.1 His work is widely used across the social sciences, and has been very influential among cultural analysts. Rather surprisingly, however, Giddens rarely uses the word culture in any of his many publications. Despite this apparent disregard for the word culture, however, the concept is central to his theoretical concerns. There are, in fact, two principal conceptions of culture in his work. These can be termed culture as structure and culture as lifeworld.
Culture as structure is, in fact, the central idea in Giddens’ sociology. According to this view, culture ...