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Reflexivity for sustainability: appreciating entanglement and becoming relationally reflexive

Allen, Stephen


Stephen Allen


This paper attempts to open up new possibilities for reflexivity which can help promote adequate human responses to sustainability issues. It explores how predominant ideas about reflexivity are located within an individualistic perspective of bounded and independent selves. The relational thinking of Gergen (2009) and Hosking (2011) is discussed to consider the implications for approaching selves as unbounded and interdependent. It develops the concept of relational reflexivity which is argued to respect the social and material entanglements of selves and foster systemic intelligence and action.


Allen, S. (2015). Reflexivity for sustainability: appreciating entanglement and becoming relationally reflexive. International journal of work innovation, 1(2), 240-250.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 10, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Apr 14, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2015
Journal International journal of work innovation
Print ISSN 2043-9032
Electronic ISSN 2043-9040
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Pages 240-250
Keywords Reflexivity, Sustainability, Environmental sustainability, Relational thinking, Relational ontology, Relational reflexivity, Entanglement, Unbounded selves
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Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: International journal of work innovation. 2015, v.1, issue 2


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