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The Dynamics of Social Practice
The dynamics of social practice

How do societies change? Why do they stay so much the same? Within the social sciences, contrasting theoretical traditions have grown up around these enduring concerns. The problem of understanding novelty and persistence is surely not new, but it is one to which this book brings a fresh approach. It does so by developing a series of concepts with which to capture the dynamic aspects of social practice.

Our opening contention is that theories of practice have as yet untapped potential for understanding change. Realizing their potential depends on developing a means of systematically exploring processes of transformation and stability within social practices and between them. This is the task to which most of the following chapters ...

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