The Importance Of Studying Social Behavior By Anthony Giddens

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Studying social behavior has always been an issue for scholars in social sciences field. This is not because they have not enough knowledge or experience. One of the main reasons is because society changes, and keeping the same sociological methods to study society and its entities might end up not being appropriate. Anthony Giddens (1993) in his book New Rules of Sociological methods, Giddens critics the use of sociological methods to study human behaviors. Indeed, he argues, “The social world, unlike the world of nature, has to be grasped as a skilled accomplishment of active human subjects” (pp. 163). However, some scholars such as Charles Tilly thinks that the problem is deeper. Tilly (1984) in his book Big Structures, Large Processes, …show more content…
Indeed, Giddens explains how “the sociological analysis of any social system must engage in a double hermeneutic, paying close attention to the ways in which ‘structures’ both constrain action and make meaningful action possible” (pp. 235). The essence of Giddens ‘argument is that to be able to study society, researchers should be aware of the way that society is organized. In every society, norms are most of the time reviewed by governing bodies. Further, this could lead research to study individuals that would reflect the society they live in rather than reflecting who they truly are. Moreover, he (1993) states, “We should understand human societies to be like buildings that are at every moment being reconstructed by the very bricks that compose them. The actions of all of us are influenced by the structural characteristics of the societies in which are brought up and live; at the same time, we recreate (and also to some extent alter) those structural characteristics in our actions” (pp. …show more content…
We’ve learned that not all sociological methods could be used when you are engaged in researching about a special topic. For our quantitative research, we have decided to do surveys, and for our qualitative research, we have decided to do in-depth interviews. We did not choose those methods randomly. We thought that we could collect the maximum of information when implementing them during our research process. One of the eight pernicious of Tilly is that disorder and deviant behaviour result from rapid social change. This could be seen during our research. When looking at online surveillance and music streaming services, we assumed that people’s attitudes towards their use of music streaming services would have been affected by societal rules and norms. We always think that people’s behaviours or attitudes have to be explained by analyzing social rules. When Giddens talked about double hermeneutic, he suggests us to not only look at the way structures affect us, but also how they restrain one’s action. This could be one of the mistakes that we made when looking at how online streaming services. We were more focused on how those streaming services were shaping our actions rather than our attitudes were affecting streaming services as well. In other words, there is always a two way communication that exists between individuals and

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