Month: July 2013

Forwarded call for participants. Please forward on to your networks and contact Eleanor (details below) for further information. Call for research participants: Single spaces: Single-life in Contemporary Britain We are conducting a large-scale, British Academy-funded research project into single-life in contemporary Britain. The research will provide an overview of what it’s like to be […]

This is the second of four posts in which I’ll explore the modes of reflexivity which are so integral to the argument Archer makes in The Reflexive Imperative. Underlying these concepts is an understanding of social morphogenesis as leading to the ‘situational logic of opportunity’ given the generative mechanism of variety to produce more variety. The arguments […]

An absolute must read in the Chronicle of Higher Education for those interested in digital change within higher education: Last year, a former Princeton University president, William G. Bowen, delivered the Tanner Lectures at Stanford, continuing a long tradition of college leaders’ using the top floors of the ivory tower to speak difficult truths about […]

BSA Realism Study Group Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Realist Thought Friday 6 September 2013 BSA Meeting Room, London.  We are pleased to announce our speakers for the forthcoming seminar to debate contemporary issues in realist thought. Please see attached flyer for further details and abstracts. Graham Scambler, University College London ‘Taking interdisciplinarity seriously: realism and explanations of health […]

BSA Sociology of Education Study Group one day Conference & re-launch Young Peoples Educational Identities in Challenging Times Tuesday 17 September 2013, 10:30-16:30 BSA Meeting room, Imperial Wharf, London Keynote Speaker – Sara Delamont (Cardiff University), Winner of the 2013 BSA Distinguished Service Award Over the past 70 years the field of the sociology of […]

Making love, making gender, making babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s 6-7 September CRASSH, Alison Richard Building West Rd, Cambridge Registration is now open. Please visit By the end of the twentieth century, a combination of profound social changes and major techno-scientific innovations had reorganized ‘the sexual field’ into three separate systems. The […]

After much prevaricating, I’ll start today on posts which discuss each of the four modes of reflexivity in turn. I’ve chosen to begin with meta-reflexivity, which is the initial focus of my data analysis at present. For practitioners of meta-reflexivity, the social order is problematized rather than internalized or normalised. Circumstances have conspired developmentally to inculcate selectivity […]

A recent blog post by Nicholas A. Christakis on the New York Times site about the need for ‘shaking up’ the social sciences has provoked a great deal of debate online. The author argues that while the natural sciences have flourished in the last century, giving rise to “whole new fields of inquiry” resulting from “fresh […]

As a precursor to the posts in which I’ll look in detail at each of the modes of reflexivity as discussed in the Reflexive Imperative, this post looks at one particular aspect of Archer’s arguments concerning autonomous reflexivity. Much as contextual continuity is argued to distribute communicative reflexivity among the population and contextual incongruity is associated with meta-reflexivity, Archer argues that context discontinuity is […]

In the previous post of this series I explored Archer’s arguments about relational reflexivity: on this view the socialisation process should be understood as an active and ongoing engagement by a individual that is profoundly shaped by the matrix of relations within which they were embedded at any given point in time. There are two key concepts Archer uses […]

In the next post of this series I’ll cover the theory of socialization offered by Archer in the Reflexive Imperative. She argues that existing theories of socialisation tend to assume a ‘normative consistency’ in the natal environment which, given the intensification of social and culture change, becomes increasingly impossible. As such socialisation can no longer […]

In the third part of this series of posts covering The Reflexive Imperative I will unpack in more detail what Archer means by the notion of ‘internal conversation’. As discussed in the previous post on The Reflexive Imperative and Social Change, an integral part of her account is a denial of the homogeneity of reflexivity. […]

Session Organizers Frederic VANDENBERGHE, University State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Margaret ARCHER, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Session in English Half a century ago, we talked about the Proletariat, but without examining too closely the ontological status of collectives as distinct from collectivities: Does a collective exist? Is it just a […]

British Sociological Association Youth Study Group Research Development Workshop for Research Students and Early Career Researchers BSA Seminar Room, Imperial Wharf, London, Thursday 7th November 2013 The BSA Youth Study Group invites research students and early career researchers working on or with an interest any aspect of youth research to attend a research development workshop. Building on similar […]

In the second part of this series of posts, I explore Archer’s notion of the ‘Reflexive Imperative’ and how it relates to her theory of social change. In the previous post I explained how Archer sees reflexivity, the regular exercise of the mental ability to consider our selves in relation to our circumstances and vice […]