Reflexivity: A Crucial Resource for the Challenge of Family Well-Being

Elisabetta Carra', Elzbieta Hałas, Aleksander Manterys

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In contemporary sociology, reflexivity stands as a peculiar character of the post-modern man, strictly connected with the individualization of biographies and the growing of the risk and uncertainty. This situation affects unavoidably the couple and family relationships: whereas an individualized reflexivity prevails, building we-ness in couple relation and meeting the challenge of family well-being become more and difficult. In this chapter, it will be hypothesized that there is also a different kind of reflexivity, relationship-based, rather than individual-based, that limits the damages of individualization, facilitating a couple to build we-ness and to pursue the we-relation’s well-being (a relational good). At the end, a polysemic concept of couple relational reflexivity will be provided and some methods to empirically study reflexivity will be proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRelational Reason, Morals and Sociality
EditorsElżbieta Hałas, Aleksander Manterys
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Couple
  • Family
  • Individualized marriage
  • Reflexivity
  • Relational sociology


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