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  1. modalities(Noun)

    Plural form of modality.


  1. Modalities

    Modalities are fundamental to understanding the concept behind Structuration. According to Anthony Giddens, modalities explain the properties of the Structure. The structure is said to have both structural and individual qualities. Giddens refers to these structural modalities as 'rules' and 'resources' respectively. In application, Giddens is separating himself from other structralists by acknowledging the enabling functions that the structure provides. A case of a 'rule' is the act of obeying a law. That is, there are limits that the structure places on agency causing the agent to act in a certain way. In this respect the structure is imposing restrictions upon the agent in order to accomplish societal norms. Norms, however, have changed in the past and are under constant manipulation by the society through the use of structural 'resources'. Civil laws can and have been overturned or rewritten in the past. Laws that have limited human liberties, can be overturned as there exists 'resources', e.g. lawyers who can present a case for social reform. It could also be the process of judicial review itself. Giddens suggests that it is these modalities that illustrate his reliance on the duality of structure because it presents a case where knowledgeable individuals can use the resources available to them to change policies, standards or norms that the structure imposes upon them.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modalities in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modalities in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  1. Deutsche Boerse:

    The parties want to clarify all other contractual modalities in the upcoming negotiations.

  2. State John Kerry:

    The modalities for a cessation of hostilities are now being completed. In fact, we are closer to a ceasefire today than we have been.

  3. Tony Ojobo:

    The Nigerian Communications Commission had set up a committee to sit down with it counterparts from the MTN to work out modalities on resolutions of this matter, as per this afternoon, we are not aware that this committee has met to work out anything.

  4. State John Kerry:

    We have reached a provisional agreement in principle on the terms of a cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days, the modalities for a cessation of hostilities are now being completed. In fact, we are closer to a ceasefire today than we have been.

  5. Alexander Graf Lambsdorff:

    In the meeting with the commander-in-chief, he agreed that our European Union teams would have access to military installations to observe voting there, if there aren't national security considerations that are so serious enough as not to allow that, we will continue to work on the modalities of this, but I'm very happy that we could ascertain this instruction.

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