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    Relational persons and relational processes: developing the notion of relationality for the sociology of personal life

    Roseneil, Sasha and Ketokivi, K. (2014) Relational persons and relational processes: developing the notion of relationality for the sociology of personal life. Sociology 50 (1), pp. 143-159. ISSN 0038-0385.

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    Abstract

    The concept of relationality has recently found widespread favour in British sociology, particularly in the emergent sub-field of the sociology of personal life, which is characterised by its attachment to the concept. However, this ‘relational turn’ is under-theorized and pays little attention to the substantial history of relational thinking across the human sciences. This paper argues that the notion of relationality in the sociology of personal life might be strengthened by an exploration of the conceptualization of the relational person and relational processes offered by three bodies of literature: the process oriented thinking of American pragmatism, specifically of Mead and Emirbayer; the figurational sociology of Elias; and psychoanalysis, particularly the object relations tradition, contemporary relational psychoanalysis and Ettinger’s notion of transubjectivity. The paper attends particularly to the processes involved in the individuality, agentic reflexivity and affective dimensions of the relational person.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): affect, agentic reflexivity, figurational sociology, individuality, individualization, intimacy, personal life, pragmatism, psychoanalysis, relationality, transubjectivity
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 15:23
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 14:33
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10697

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