STAQI #2 (Jan 25 2019)

Annotated Bibliography 2:

Archer, Margaret S. (2007). “Introduction: Reflexivity as the Unacknowledged Condition of Social Life.” Making our Way through the World: Human Reflexivity and Social Mobility. Cambridge University Press. pp.1-22, 2007.

Prominent critical-realism theorist, Margaret Archer in her 2007 publication “Making our Way through the World : Human Reflexivity and Social Mobility” talks about reflexivity as an understated phenomenon that “ has rarely been held up for the scrutiny necessary to rectify its undervaluation as a social process”. As we navigate through the social strata of everyday corporeal life, often there is astute sensibility for completing tasks efficiently with great efficacy – getting to the next moment without fully having realized the current one. According to Archer, “reflexivity itself is held to depend upon conscious deliberations that take place through ‘internal conversation’”; it is through this deconstruction and pulling apart of what it means to be ‘reflexive’, that Archer begs a deeper inquiry into the phenomena of “‘What comes next?’”.

Analogously Archer’s positionality leaves one catechizing the reflexive process of art-making, in turn microscoping the reflexive praxis of an artist’s identity through the positionality of culture. Paradoxically, Archer’s hypothesis reflexively challenges Society’s goals and expectations for attainting high social and capitalist standards by which, driven on auto-pilot, everyday living becomes a smorgasbord of competitiveness and role-playing within institutionalized social, political and educational frameworks.


Archer, Margaret S. “ The Role of Reflexivity in Sociological Explanation and why the Reflexive Imperative Accompanies Late Modernity.” YouTube Video, 0:50:31, “Konferencje UKSW”, 14 Sep 2016,