The labor of reflexivity

D Soyini Madison*

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Reflexivity is examined as an act of labor. Employing Tami Spry and Della Pollock's discretely different articulations of the "performative" and the "I," reflexivity becomes a particular quality of labor that works to leave something behind, something that lingers, something that will remain long after our reflexive work takes form. What labor as reflexivity leaves behind both embraces and jettisons notions of hauntings and memories, because it contemplates its own contemplations within past and future contingencies of self and Other that are boundlessly committed to an enlivening present. Labor as reflexivity is enumerated as being constituted by materiality, futurity, and performative temporality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011


  • futurity
  • labor
  • materiality
  • performative temporality
  • performative-I

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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