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Relational Persons and Relational Processes: Developing the Notion of Relationality for the Sociology of Personal Life

Roseneil, S and Ketokivi, K (2016) 'Relational Persons and Relational Processes: Developing the Notion of Relationality for the Sociology of Personal Life.' Sociology, 50 (1). 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 characterized 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 article 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 article attends particularly to the processes involved in the individuality, agentic reflexivity and affective dimensions of the relational person. © 2015, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18656

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