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.

Representing the Dynamics of Social Practice

Representing the dynamics of social practice

At the start of this book we set ourselves the challenge of conceptualizing social order, stability and change and of doing so in a manner that was consistently and systematically informed by theories of practice. In this chapter we take stock of what we have achieved. We start by summarizing and reviewing the key features of our approach before considering its implications for the study of time and space. Our slimline interpretation of practice theory also helps in understanding how the circuits through which practices are reproduced sustain ways of life that are in different respects unequal and unsustainable. We do not go deep into the questions of power but we go far enough ...

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