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.

Connections between Practices

Connections between practices

Chapter 2, ‘Making and breaking links’, explored the proposition that practices emerge, persist and disappear as links between their defining elements are made and broken. Chapter 3, ‘The life of elements’, focused on the ways in which materials, meanings and competences circulate and endure. Chapter 4, ‘Recruitment, defection and reproduction’, dealt with the careers of practices and of those who carry them. This chapter is about how practices relate to each other.

Just as elements are linked together to form recognizable practices, so practices link, one to another, to form bundles and complexes. Bundles are loose-knit patterns based on the co-location and co-existence of practices. Complexes represent stickier and more integrated combinations, some so dense that they constitute new entities in ...

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