1st Edition

Practice Theory and Research Exploring the dynamics of social life

Edited By Gert Spaargaren, Don Weenink, Machiel Lamers Copyright 2016
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There has been an upsurge in scholarship concerned with theories of social practices in various fields including sociology, geography and management studies. This book provides a systematic introduction and overview of recent formulations of practice theory organised around three important themes: the importance of analysing the role of the non-human alongside the human; the reflexive nature of social science research; and the dynamics of social change. Combining a rich variety of detailed empirical research examples with discussion of the relevance of practice theories for policy and social change, this book represents an excellent sourcebook for all academic and professional researchers interested in working with practice theory.

    Part I: Theoretical and Methodological Contributions to Practice Theories

    1. Introduction: Using Practice Theory to Research Social Life, (Gert Spaargaren, Machiel Lamers and Don Weenink)

    2. Practice Theory as Flat Ontology, (Theodore Schatzki)

    3. The Methodological Challenges of Practicising Praxeology, (Robert Schmidt)

    4. Emotional Agency Navigates a World of Practices, (Don Weenink and Gert Spaargaren)

    Part II: Zooming in on Practices as Performances

    5. Handling Things at Home: A Practice-Based Approach to Divestment, (Andrew Glover)

    6. Praxeologizing Street Violence: An Attempt to Understand the Teleological and Normative-Affective Structure of Violent Situations, (Don Weenink)

    7. How to Make Sense of Suffering in Complex Care Practices?, (Frans Vosman, Jan den Bakker and Don Weenink)

    8. Grounding the Practice: Material Elements in the Constitution of Tennis Practices, (Hugo van de Poel and Sven Bakker)

    Part III: Zooming Out On Practices as Embedded Entities

    9. Growing Urban Food as an Emerging Social Practice, (Karin Dobernig, Esther Veen and Peter Oosterveer)

    10. Connecting Practices: Conservation Tourism Partnerships in Kenya, (Machiel Lamers and René van der Duim)

    11. Forest Governance: Connecting Global to Local Practices, (Bas Arts, Daniela Kleinschmit and Helga Pülzl)



    Dr Gert Spaargaren is Professor and chair of the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

    Dr Machiel Lamers is Assistant Professor at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

    Dr Don Weenink is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands"