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.
|Introducing Theories of Practice|
|Materials and Resources|
|Sequence and Structure|
|Material, Competence and Meaning|
|Car-Driving: Elements and Linkages|
|Elements Between Practices|
|Standardization and Diversity|
|Individual and Collective Careers|
|Modes of Circulation|
|Transportation and Access: Material|
|Abstraction, Reversal and Migration: Competence|
|Association and Classification: Meaning|
|Packing and Unpacking|
|Emergence, Disappearance and Persistence|
|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|
|Bundles and Complexes|
|Collaboration and Competition|
|Selection and Integration|
|Coordinating Daily Life|
|Elements of Coordination|
|Representing Elements and Practices|
|Competition, Transformation and Convergence|
|Reproducing Elements, Practices and Relations between Them|
|Time and Practice|
|Space and Practice|
|Dominant Projects and Power|
|Climate Change and Behaviour Change|
|Basis of Action|
|Processes of Change|
|Practice Theory and Climate Change Policy|
|Configuring Elements of Practice|
|Configuring Relations between Practices|
|Configuring Careers: Carriers and Practices|
|Practice Oriented Policy Making|