duality of structure


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duality of structure

(as formulated by Giddens, 1984) a conception of SOCIAL STRUCTURE as both ‘the medium and the outcome’ of social ACTION. see STRUCTURATION THEORY.
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They present the different case studies and thus the chapters of the book and they argue cogently through their chapter that new institutionalism is particularly fruitful, because it allows more room for human agency and the duality of structure and agency than older institutional approaches.
By the duality of structure Giddens means 'that social structures are both constituted by human agency, and yet at the same time are the very medium of its constitution' (Giddens, 1976, p 121).
This paper argues that Giddens recent writings on reflexivity and modernity fundamentally contradict the underlying paradigm of agency and structure -- the duality of structure -- that he has developed since the 1970s.
In short, the notion of reflexivity so central to Giddens recent work is theoretically inconsistent with the notion of duality of structure.
In later sections I shall show how the development of the concept of reflexivity necessitates a fundamental rethinking of the concept of the duality of structure.
The duality of structure refers to the fact that social structures are simultaneously produced and modified by human agents and are used as resources; structures are dual in the sense that they are both the medium and outcome of the interactions and institutions they recursively organize.
However, there is a more serious problem with Giddens's concept of duality of structure.
Duality of Structure - In communication within a genre, one simultaneously uses the rules of the field and reproduces the social structures of the field in doing so.
This article analyses the boundaries, limits and expressions of journalistic autonomy within a contemporary media context, arguing that autonomy exists within a duality of structure that ultimately serves the legitimacy of the institution.
If we take as a starting point that action is possible within the duality of structure (Giddens 1984), we should consider how journalistic autonomy is formed as a result of this exchange.
After analyzing various African historical facts regarding both structure and agency, he proposes a duality of structures as a solution to current leadership problems.