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.

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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