Anthony Giddens is the most widely-read and cited social theorist of his generation. His ideas have profoundly influenced the writing and teaching of sociology and social theory around the world.
In particular, he developed the theory of structuration, which is the understanding of the relationship between individuals and the conditions around them. We should view life in society as a series of ongoing activities and practices that people carry on, but which at the same time reproduce larger institutions.
Most recently he has been at the forefront of developing ideas in left of centre politics. He has helped to popularise the idea of the 'Third Way'. The Third Way represents the renewal of social democracy in a world where the views of the old left have become obsolete, while those of the new right are inadequate and contradictory. A new social democratic agenda is emerging that is integrated, robust and wide-ranging, which can also rekindle political idealism. Anthony Giddens has travelled to many countries around the world talking to political leaders and heads of state about the development of third way politics.
Anthony Giddens grew up in Edmonton, North London. He was the first person in his family to go to university or college, and counts himself lucky to have been accepted by Hull University. He has a younger brother and two daughters. He is a keen Spurs fan, and watches them whenever they are playing at home.
referred to as Tony Blair's guru, Professor Giddens has made a strong
impact on the evolution of New Labour.