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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Giddens' idea of the "duality of structure" captures the interlinkage and mutual conditionality of structure and agency.
Giddens' understanding of structure highlights the meaning of reflexivity of acting in RwLs, and the specific form the duality of structure takes in these laboratories: scientists refer to rules and resources, that is, the modalities of structuration.
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.
It is an emergent, process theory (Jones, 1999, p 130-131; Orlikowski and Robey, 1991, p 258) which incorporates the concept of 'duality of structure' that explains the nature of human action in society.
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.
What if some of the recent analyses undermined and necessitate a fundamental re-thinking of the keystone of Giddens' approach - the concept of structuration and the duality of structure? In this paper I shall argue that this is indeed the case taking up the suggestions in Bagguley (1999: 73) and Mouzelis (1999: 94).
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.
Notably, Anthony Giddens' theory of 'the duality of structure' employs the Derridean notion of play in the service of a theory which claims that structures, while they make up the conditions in which individuals live, are also acted upon by human agents.
* 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.
After analyzing various African historical facts regarding both structure and agency, he proposes a duality of structures as a solution to current leadership problems.