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Recruitment, Defection and Reproduction
Recruitment, defection and reproduction

Chapter 2 focused on making and breaking links between the elements of which practices are made. Chapter 3 concentrated on the lives of elements: on how they circulate, and on how they emerge, persist and disappear. This chapter is about the careers of individual practices and those who sustain them. Throughout we concentrate on practices-as-entities (rather than on practices-as-performances), and on people as ‘body/minds who “carry” and “carry out” social practices’ (Reckwitz, 2002: 256). Our central proposition is that the contours of any one practice – where is it reproduced, how consistently, for how long, and on what scale – depend on changing populations of more and less faithful carriers or practitioners. This generates a handful of related ...

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