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Brief overview on Anthony Giddens
Anthony Giddens is a sociologist british, known for his theory of structuration and his holistic look of modern societies. It also acquired large recognition owing to your attempt of renewal of social democracy through his theory of the Third Way. It is considered as one of the most prominent contributors to the modern field of Sociology, is the author of at least 34 books, published in no less than 29 languages, among them: social Theory and modern sociology, Consequences of modernity, the new rules of The method, the sociological, The transformation of intimacy, Beyond left and right, Making sense of modernity. Conversations with Anthony Giddens, The Third way: The renewal of social democracy. It is said that it is the social scientist well-known English since John Maynard Keynes. He is currently working as professor emeritus of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Giddens was born in Emonton, London, from a family of lower-middle-class. The son of an employee of the white collar of the London Passenger Transport Board (company responsible for transport in London between 1933 and 1948). He was the first member of his family who came to the university and its first academic degree was obtained from the University of Hull in 1959. Later attained a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and, finally, a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1974. In 1961 began to work at the University of Leicester teaching Social Psychology. In Leicester, where it is considering one of the forerunners of british sociology, he met Norbert Elias and began to work on his own theoretical developments. In 1969 he obtained a post at the University of Cambridge, from where he later helped create the Committee of Political and Social Science, a subunit of the Faculty of Economics. Giddens worked for many years in Cambridge where he eventually was promoted to Professor Holder in 1987. He co-founded the publishing house Polity Press in 1985. From 1997 to 2003, he was director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a member of the Academic Council of the Research Institute for Public Policy (IPPR) in English, Institute of Public Policy Research). In addition, he has been an advisor to the former british prime minister Tony Blair.
Precisely, were the tenets of what Giddens termed the “Third Way,” which inspired the political ideas of Tony Blair and Bill Clinton among others. He has participated in the discussions politicians british in defending the Labour Party (of trend centre-left) with appearances in the mass media and writing articles (many published in the newspaper “New Statesman”). He also regularly contributes in the research and activities of the think-tank Policy Network.
He has been awarded with the Prize Prince of Asturias of Social Sciences in the year 2002 and in June 2004 it was granted the title of Baron Giddens of Southgate in the London Borough of Enfield.
Giddens has contributed in various fields of the Social Sciences, perhaps excepting only the methodology of the research. The group reflected on the most various figures and schools of thought, using the theoretical contributions of both the micro as well as the macrosociología. Finally, it should be noted that Giddens is renowned for his approaches to interdisciplinary.
From the academic point of view, the interests of Giddens focus on a reformulation of the social theory and to re-evaluate our vision of development and modernity. Among his contributions in these fields include the theory of the structuring and the study of the changes at the social level involves the disociamiento of space and time, the product of the technological advances of contemporary.