“Structure is not ‘external’ to individuals: as memory traces, and as instantiated in social practices, it is in a certain sense more ‘internal’ than exterior to their activities in a Durkheimian sense. Structure is not to be equated with constraint but is always both constraining and enabling. This, of course, does not prevent the structured properties of social systems from stretching away, in time and space, beyond the control of any individual actors. Nor does it compromise the possibility that actors’ own theories of the social systems which they help to constitute and reconstitute in their activities may reify those systems.”
Giddens, A. (1984) The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration. Cambridge: Polity Press (p. 25)
I took this series of images in Nottingham over the last couple of days and decided that they would be suitable for this week’s Photo Friday challenge, Structure. I’ve written more about these images on my main blog, particularly in terms of what I see as the extremely negative political and social implications of this poster campaign.