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On the assumption of self-reflective subjectivity

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History of the Human Sciences, Volume: 35, Issue: 2, Pages: 167 - 193

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Contemporary social theory has consistently emphasized habitual action, rule-following and role-performing as key aspects of social life, yet the challenge remains of combining these aspects with the omnipresent phenomenon of self-reflective conduct. This article attempts to tackle this challenge by...

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ISSN: 0952-6951 1461-720X
Published: SAGE Publications 2022
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