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The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and how it Changes / Edition 1

The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and how it Changes / Edition 1


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Everyday life is defined and characterized by the rise, transformation and fall of social practices. Using terminology that is both accessible and sophisticated, this book guides the reader through a multi-level analysis of this dynamic. The book provides discussion of real world examples such as the history of car driving and the emergence of frozen food, bringing abstract concepts to life and grounding 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857020437
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/06/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Professor Elizabeth Shove teaches Sociology at Lancaster University.

Mika Pantzar is currently Research Director in the Consumer Society Research Centre, based at the University of Helsinki.

Dr Matt Watson is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

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

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