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.

Circuits of Reproduction

Circuits of reproduction

In Chapter 5 we wrote about how practices connect. We discussed forms of competition and collaboration and identified stronger, weaker and more and less extensive connections across space and time. We went on to suggest that daily rhythms and dominant projects reflect and reproduce such links. In this chapter we investigate the forms of feedback that connect successive performances in ways that enable mutual adjustment between practices.

It is obvious that past performances create and limit opportunities for future development. There is also no doubt that existing practices have multiple consequences, making ‘courses of action easier, harder, simpler, more complicated, shorter, longer, ill-advized, promising of gain, disruptive, facilitating, obligatory or proscribed, acceptable or unacceptable, more or less relevant, riskier or safer, ...

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