The temporal dimension of reflexivity: linking reflexive orientations to the stock of knowledge

  title={The temporal dimension of reflexivity: linking reflexive orientations to the stock of knowledge},
  author={Julius Elster},
  journal={Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory},
  pages={274 - 293}
  • Julius Elster
  • Published 2 September 2017
  • Sociology
  • Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory
ABSTRACT Although attempts to complement the concept of reflexivity with social embeddedness have been made by many sociologists, theoretical tools for coming to grips with ‘temporally embedded’ aspects of reflexive activity have yet to make an entrance in the sociological arena. This paper intends to rectify this deficiency by spelling out how laypeople’s reflexive orientations draw on past lived experiences in the social world. Margaret Archer’s celebrated approach to reflexivity struggles to… Expand
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