This is a rough outline of some of the purposes Sociology might be put to according to Giddens, gleaned from a reading of his ‘Modernity and Self-Identity
- Doing research to inform the ongoing process of reflexive modernisation at an institutional level
- Doing research into how flexible structures and what extent these structures are used (used by) to either constrain or empower people
- Helping people to realise that they are still dependent on ‘structures’ and dispelling the ‘myth of total individual freedom’.
- Encouraging people to consider moral and existential issues when they engage in the construction of self-identities and thereby helping people be more effective agents in the ongoing (re) constitution of society.