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.

Promoting Transitions in Practice

Promoting transitions in practice

In exploring the potential for developing practice-oriented approaches to public policy, we move out from the shelter of the previous chapters and from the protected space they have provided for cultivating the different stages of our account. In this chapter we confront a more rugged environment in which theories, like practices, compete with each other for advocates and carriers.

When moving into this territory, and when thinking about what it means to produce useful and relevant research, it is important to remember that social theories do not lead directly to prescriptions for action. In allowing us to understand the world in a particular way, they are nonetheless relevant for how policy agendas and problems are defined and framed and ...

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