On Genre

From Anthony Giddens, "Problems of Action and Structure."

The Giddens Reader

"If interpretative sociologies are founded, as it were, upon an imperialism
of the subject, functionalism and structuralism propose an imperialism of the
social object. One of my principal ambitions in the formulation of structuration
theory is to put an end to each of these empire-building endeavours.  The
basic domain of study of the social sciences, according to the theory of
structuration, is neither the experience of the individual actor, not the
existence of any form of societal totality, but social practices ordered across
space and time" (89).

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