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  1. the capacity possessed by an account or theory when it refers to itself, e.g. the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of sociology
  2. (particularly in ETHNOMETHODOLOGY and SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM) the idea that our everyday practical accounts are not only reflexive and self-referring but also socially constitutive of the situations to which they refer. On this view, reflexivity is a capacity possessed by social actors which is decisive in distinguishing human actors from animals.
It is a feature of reflexive social accounts and theories of all types that these accounts may also act to reproduce or to transform those social situations to which they refer.



the property of a binary (two-place, two-term) relation that expresses the fact that the relation holds pairs of objects with identical components—that is, that the relation holds between an object and its “mirror image.” In other words, a relation R is said to be reflexive if for any object x from its domain of definition, xRx is satisfied.

The most important typical examples of reflexive relations are relations of the equality type—such as identity, equivalence, and similarity—(because any object is equal to itself) and the relations ≥ and ≤ of nonstrict order (because no object is less or greater than itself). [22–152–3; updated]

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In fact, authors interested in reflexivity have often opposed various ideal-types of this concept, each emphasizing a specific function of the activity.
Kaletsky: So it is really the interaction of these two concepts of fallibility and reflexivity that creates a very different conception of economics.
Watt (2007) described her process of reflexivity by sharing journal reflections from her first experience using qualitative methods in a pilot study carried out for a graduate level research course.
These findings suggest that the reflexivity of return migrants is highly emotionalised.
She firstly outlines the principles that should be incorporated into such research, concluding that reflexivity is required to implement the principles.
In the final two chapters, Edge touches on the unexpected consequences of his search for reflexivity and "pulls together the hanging threads of the book" (p.
In this paper it will also be called reflection, because it is the next higher level of reflexivity relating to normative issues.
For his part, Bourdieu claims that the reflexivity of habitus emerges during periods of crisis in which the field and one's habitus are misaligned.
Dimension of Stakeholder Relationship to Other Factors Utility Role/Purpose Connects Stakeholder to Purpose Reflexivity Connects Measure to Stakeholder Stability Connects Measure to Purpose Contingency Connects Stakeholder to Role, Purpose, and Measure Figure 1.
There is a strong sense of ongoing reflexivity and attention to her own complicity and an awareness of the need to challenge and reinvigorate her research by using holistic and arts-informed processes as strategies.
Reflexivity has been a fairly prominent term in sociological literature for the past twenty-five years, seen as the capacity of people to be both subjects and objects to themselves (Weigert and Grecas, 2003:280).
Soros started discussing reflexivity publicly when he published The Alchemy of Finance in 1987.