How Does Giddens Understand Reflexivity And How Useful Is It?

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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’ and ‘ontological security’ in relation to Giddens emphasis on reflexivity.
Giddens describes alterations of ‘mechanisms’ or symbolic tokens within social structures to include uncertainty, insecurity and ‘structural fragmentation’ and ‘detraditionalisation’. Giddens analysis of reflexivity is a micro explanation of how human behaviour and other various factors affect interactions between individuals. In respect of critiques, Giddens understanding appears to play a basic role in understanding circumstances of social life, with critics remarking that it is void of negative consequences of social change. The occurrence of reflexivity in late modern societies, as argued by Giddens includes that individuals consciously and continually monitor…

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