Structuration theory

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  • structuration theory
    • Anthony giddens
    • two way process by which people are contrained/ shaped by society
      • but can take action to support/ change/ shape them
        • duality of structure
    • eg/ language leanrt through socialisation but people create new words and meanings
      • common shared religion- people can reject it
      • women expected to be housewives- womens equal rights and feminism led to social and legal changes
    • combo of structural and social action theories
    • evaluation
      • underestimates the capacity to resist change
      • eg/ slaves may have lacked power to abolish slavery
      • criticised for not being a theory but instead describes things we find when we study


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