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The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and how it Changes

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Everyday life is defined and characterised by the rise, transformation and fall of social practices. Using terminology that is both accessible and sophisticated, this essential book guides the reader through a multi-level analysis of this dynamic.

In working through core propositions about social practices and how they change the book is clear and accessible; real world examples, including the history of car driving, the emergence of frozen food, and the fate of hula hooping, bring abstract concepts to life and firmly ground them in empirical case-studies and new research.

Demonstrating the relevance of social theory for public policy problems, the authors show that the everyday is the basis of social transformation addressing questions such as:
  • how do practices emerge, exist and die?
  • what are the elements from which practices are made?
  • how do practices recruit practitioners?
  • how are elements, practices and the links between them generated, renewed and reproduced?
Precise, relevant and persuasive this book will inspire students and researchers from across the social sciences.
Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Mika Pantzar is Research Professor at the National Consumer Research Centre, Helsinki. Matt Watson is Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography at University of Sheffield.
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ISBN-13: 9780857020437
ISBN-10: 0857020439
Pagini: 208
Dimensiuni: 148 x 210 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.28 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: SAGE Publications
Colecția Sage Publications Ltd
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Recent discussions of research "impact" tend to assume that moving from theory to practice is easy. In fact, it is often very hard. Hence it is unsurprising, if apparently paradoxical, that the theory of practice usually appears abstruse and even impractical. Hence, too, the tremendous achievement of The Dynamics of Social Practice. The book not only takes us confidently through the thickets of theory. But, more importantly, with examples that are thoroughly concrete (both metaphorically and quite literally), it allows us to understand how such theory can be brought to bear directly on such pressing and practical problems as climate change
Paul Duguid
Adjunct Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley

The Dynamics of Social Practice, through a series of clever and courageous analytic moves, sets out an innovative framework for understanding the complexities of contemporary social processes. Written in a clear, accessible style and illustrated with a wealth of engaging examples, Shove, Pantzer and Watson successfully accomplish that rare trick of making an important contribution to social theory while also providing a major resource for social policy
Mike Michael
Professor of the Sociology of Science and Technology, Goldsmiths

This remarkable book provides the best available analysis-theoretically trenchant and empirically illuminating-of the dynamics of social life construed as a field of practices and inaugurates the needed process of developing practice-oriented public policy
Theodore Schatzki
Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky


The Dynamics of Social Practice
Introducing Theories of Practice
Materials and Resources
Sequence and Structure
Making and Breaking Links
Material, Competence and Meaning
Car-Driving: Elements and Linkages
Making Links
Breaking Links
Elements Between Practices
Standardization and Diversity
Individual and Collective Careers
The Life of Elements
Modes of Circulation
Transportation and Access: Material
Abstraction, Reversal and Migration: Competence
Association and Classification: Meaning
Packing and Unpacking
Emergence, Disappearance and Persistence
Recruitment, Defection and Reproduction
First Encounters: Networks and Communities
Capture and Commitment: Careers and Carriers
Collapse and Transformation: The Dynamics of Defection
Daily Paths, Life Paths and Dominant Projects
Connections Between Practices
Bundles and Complexes
Collaboration and Competition
Selection and Integration
Coordinating Daily Life
Circuits of Reproduction
Monitoring Practices-as-Performances
Monitoring Practices-as-Entities
Cross-Referencing Practices-as-Performances
Cross-Referencing Practices-as-Entities
Elements of Coordination
Intersecting Circuits
Representing the Dynamics of Social Practice
Representing Elements and Practices
Characterizing Circulation
Competition, Transformation and Convergence
Reproducing Elements, Practices and Relations between Them
Time and Practice
Space and Practice
Dominant Projects and Power
Promoting Transitions in Practice
Climate Change and Behaviour Change
Basis of Action
Processes of Change
Positioning Policy
Transferable Lessons
Practice Theory and Climate Change Policy
Configuring Elements of Practice
Configuring Relations between Practices
Configuring Careers: Carriers and Practices
Configuring Connections
Practice Oriented Policy Making