An overview of structuration theory and its usefulness for nursing research

Hardcastle, Mary-Ann R., Usher, Kim J., and Holmes, Colin A. (2005) An overview of structuration theory and its usefulness for nursing research. Nursing philosophy, 6 (4). pp. 223-234.

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Anthony Giddens' theory of structuration is a theory of social action, which claims that society should be understood in terms of action and structure; a duality rather than two separate entities. This paper introduces some of the central characteristics of structuration theory, presenting a conceptual framework that helps to explore how people produce the systems and structures that shape their practice. By understanding how people produce and reproduce structures, then there is the potential for changing them. Criticisms that have been raised about the theory are introduced, followed by examples of how the theory might be useful to nursing research. Structuration theory can be employed to explore how nurses produce, reproduce, and transform nursing practice through social interaction across time and space.

Item ID: 750
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1466-769X
Keywords: Giddens, Structuration theory, Nursing research, Structure, Agency
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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