Concept Of Reflexivity In Explaining Social Change

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How does Giddens understand reflexivity and how useful is it in explaining social change?
This paper attempts to determine how useful Giddens understanding of reflexivity is in explaining social change in relation to content from week, nine of the course. The content from this week highlighted the concept of reflexivity and examined the way individuals are ‘forced’ to consciously monitor themselves because our society is pluralistic, ever changing and insecure. Amongst this content, we examined a wide range of theories; some begin with the individual and others began with society. In the midst, we synthesised Giddens post traditional story of change that explains the narrative of self by ‘lifestyle’ choices, ‘pure relationships’
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21). Some Bourdieusian theorists argue that reflexivity is an obscured personal point of view from a ‘middle class theorist’ and that the explanation provided by Giddens masks gender and social class inequalities. Reflexivity means talking about ‘choice’, but choice can only be pursued by affluent groups, Giddens discloses that ‘the poor are more or less completely excluded from the possibility of making lifestyle choices’ (Giddens, 1991, pp. 5, 6). Reflexivity is a ‘central feature of your identity’ (Giddens, 1991, p. 5) however, is it not available to everyone. There seems to be much to debate by some critics such as Beverly Skeggs and others about the existence, and meaning, of reflexivity as described by …show more content…
The context of ‘emotional labour’ was examined historically, socially and economically as part of the neoliberal capitalist system of exchange. In understand inequalities under neoliberal capitalism, feeling rules were applied in the interests of capital globally with the’ responsibility for unpaid care work…(that) tends to put them at a disadvantage in capitalist labour markets’ (Elson, 2009, p. 39) as shown in the YouTube clip ‘When mother comes home for Christmas’ . The content in this week discussed the movement of women transversely from wealthy western countries to poorer ones in order to take up the deficit in labour that is nurturing and caring in its

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