Anthony Giddens: The Last Modernist by Stjepan Mestrovic

By Stjepan Mestrovic

Anthony Giddens is arguably the world's top sociologist. during this arguable contribution to the Giddens debate, Stjepan Mestrovic takes up and criticizes the key subject matters of his paintings - really the concept that of 'high modernity' in place of 'postmodernity' and his tried building of a 'synthetic' culture in keeping with human employer and constitution. trying out Giddens' theories opposed to what's occurring within the genuine international from genocide in Africa to close secession in Quebec, Mestrovic discerns within the building of artificial traditions now not the promise of freedom held out via Giddens yet really the ominous capability for brand spanking new types of totalitarian keep watch over.

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Moreover, the sort of sociology that is 20 ANTHONY GIDDENS: THE LAST MODERNIST perceived to be relevant and interesting to laypersons and professionals alike is the one that takes into account tradition, modernity, and the future of modernity simultaneously. One of the best illustrations of this is David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd (1950), which has sold over a million copies since its publication: Riesman deals specifically with the continuities and overlap among the forces of tradition-directedness, inner-directedness, and modernist other-directedness.

Yet Craib does not pay attention to some important positions that Giddens does not draw together (specifically, aspects of social theories and criticisms put forth by Riesman, Simmel, Veblen, and Baudrillard, among others). ). : 6). I agree with Craib that Giddens’s writing style is postmodern, but I would add that his message is nonetheless quintessentially modernist. As Chris Rojek (1995) ANTHONY GIDDENS: THE LAST MODERNIST 31 points out, an emphasis on constant change and flux is shared by many modernists as well as postmodernists.

At the same time, it goes against the tendency of modern thought in its attempt to see the whole…. It is difficult indeed to see how English-speaking sociology could have maintained any coherence at all without Giddens raising these issues, and I find it difficult to conceive of any social theory that would not find something in his work on which to build. For the time being, at any rate, structuration theory will be the food at the center of the plate. : 196) The food metaphor is worth pursuing.

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