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


Elizabeth Shove, Mika Pantzar & Matt Watson

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    List of Figures and Table

    • 2.1 Proto-practices, practices and ex-practices 25
    • 2.2 Elements of driving in the USA in the 1900s–1910s 29
    • 2.3 Elements shape each other 32
    • 2.4 Elements of practice change over time 33
    • 2.5 Elements between practices 37
    • 5.1 The pre-formation, formation and de-formation of connections between practices 84
    • 8.1 Behaviour and practice 143

    About the Authors

    Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. She has written widely on theories of practice, technology, consumption, environment and everyday life. Elizabeth held an ESRC climate change leadership fellowship, ‘Transitions in Practice: Climate Change and Everyday Life’ (2008–2012), and is currently part of the ESRC funded Sustainable Practices Research Group. Recent books include Time, Consumption and Everyday Life: Practice, materiality and culture (Berg, 2009), The Design of Everyday Life (Berg, 2007) and Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience: The social organization of normality (Berg, 2003).

    Mika Pantzar is Research Professor at the National Consumer Research Centre, Helsinki. Mika has published articles in consumer research, design and technology studies, the rhetoric of economic policy, future studies and systems research and has written two books in Finnish: Future Home: Inventing needs for domestic appliances (Otava, 2000) and Domestication of Technology: From science of consumption to art of consumption (Tammi, 1996). His current research interests focus on the economics of sport, health and wellbeing.

    Matt Watson is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. In addressing empirical themes including consumption, waste and mobility, his work engages with a range of literatures including theorizations of practice and everyday life, of science and technology and of the structures and processes of governing. He is co-author, with Elizabeth Shove, Martin Hand and Jack Ingram, of The Design of Everyday Life (Berg, 2007).


    Ideas developed in The Dynamics of Social Practice have circulated through seminars, conferences and working parties and have been shaped by many people along the way. Thanks to all and especially to Elizabeth's supervisory team at Lancaster – Allison Hui, David McBride, Julien McHardy and Nicola Spurling – and to Mikko Jalas who provided valuable input from Helsinki.

    Mika Pantzar acknowledges support from the Finnish Academy for a research fellowship (2008–2011) Grant No. 118880.

    This book would not exist without the UK's Economic and Social Research Council which funded Elizabeth Shove's Climate Change Leadership Fellowship, ‘Transitions in Practice: Climate Change and Everyday Life’, RES 066 27 0015.

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