Anthony Giddens is a high-profile sociologist. Since becoming director of the London School of Economics in 1997, he has played a leading public role, especially as Prime Minister Tony Blair's "guru". This book opens up for academic and general readers who Giddens is, what he has done in academic life over more than forty years, and how his work on modernity, globalization and transformation of personal life underpins his public and political activities at the beginning of the 21st century.
CHRISTOPHER BRYANT is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Social Sciences at the University of Salford. His publications include, as author, Positivism in Social Theory and Research (1985) and as co-editor with David Jary, Anthony Giddens: Critical Reassessments and Giddens' Theory of Structuration. - DAVID JARY is Research Professor at Staffordshire University and Visiting Professor at Birmingham University where he is co-ordinator for sociology. He is co-editor with Christopher Bryant of Anthony Giddens: Critical Reassessments and Giddens' Theory of Structuration.