What if reflexivity and diffraction intra-act?

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Diffraction has emerged as a concept and methodology through opposing reflexivity. In this paper, I argue that reflexivity and diffraction are not external to each other. In contrast, I propose that they blur into each other and so we do not find ourselves using pure reflexivity or diffraction. Furthermore, I contend that categorically distinguishing reflexivity and diffraction can generate practices of exclusion and the unwitting reproduction of what we would like to avoid. Through letting reflexivity and diffraction intra-act, I develop my notion of a diffracted reflexivity. A reflexivity that acknowledges that in reflecting about ourselves we are not representing something but producing something; specifically, we are relating to ourselves in ways that are relationally, culturally and materially enabled, continuously producing ourselves and the world in that process of relating. Consequently, I propose to meta reflexively focus the attention on the ways of relating that we enact and what they produce.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Early online date19 Mar 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • reflexivity
  • diffraction
  • meta-reflexivity
  • intra-action
  • diffractive reading


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