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Margaret S. Archer (ed.): Conversations About Reflexivity

ASJspasjActa Sociologica0001-69931502-3869SAGE PublicationsSage UK: London, England10.1177/000169931143152010.1177_0001699311431520Book ReviewsMargaret S. Archer (ed.): Conversations About ReflexivityKuuselaPekkaUniversity of Eastern Finland, Finland320125519294ArcherMargaret S.Conversations About Reflexivity. London: Routledge. 2010 pp. © The Author(s) 20122012Nordic Sociological AssociationConversations About Reflexivity is an edited collection of articles based on philosophical and sociological analyses on reflexivity as a concept that provides, both theoretically and empirically, a fruitful dimension for sociological research. The basic idea of the book is in presenting various philosophical and scientific approaches to reflexivity and in showing the relevance of this concept in the different fields of sociology. As the editor of the study, Margaret S. Archer, states in her Introduction, ‘reflexivity really belongs to no particular school of thought, unlike other equally general concepts' (pp. 3–4). It can be said that the common denominator for the different views about reflexive monitoring of action is that agents are seen as active rather than passive subjects. This active view of human action means that reflexive deliberation of action is an important element when analysing action as a social and sociological phenomenon. The pragmatist tradition developed in American philosophy and social science gives strong support to this approach, and most of the current discussion about reflexivity is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Acta Sociologica SAGE

Margaret S. Archer (ed.): Conversations About Reflexivity

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ASJspasjActa Sociologica0001-69931502-3869SAGE PublicationsSage UK: London, England10.1177/000169931143152010.1177_0001699311431520Book ReviewsMargaret S. Archer (ed.): Conversations About ReflexivityKuuselaPekkaUniversity of Eastern Finland, Finland320125519294ArcherMargaret S.Conversations About Reflexivity. London: Routledge. 2010 pp. © The Author(s) 20122012Nordic Sociological AssociationConversations About Reflexivity is an edited collection of articles based on philosophical and sociological analyses on reflexivity as a concept that provides, both theoretically and empirically, a fruitful dimension for sociological research. The basic idea of the book is in presenting various philosophical and scientific approaches to reflexivity and in showing the relevance of this concept in the different fields of sociology. As the editor of the study, Margaret S. Archer, states in her Introduction, ‘reflexivity really belongs to no particular school of thought, unlike other equally general concepts' (pp. 3–4). It can be said that the common denominator for the different views about reflexive monitoring of action is that agents are seen as active rather than passive subjects. This active view of human action means that reflexive deliberation of action is an important element when analysing action as a social and sociological phenomenon. The pragmatist tradition developed in American philosophy and social science gives strong support to this approach, and most of the current discussion about reflexivity is
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