The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and how it Changes Hardcover – 17 May 2012
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Recent discussions of research "impact" tend to assume that moving from theory to practice is easy. In fact, it is often very hard. Hence it is unsurprising, if apparently paradoxical, that the theory of practice usually appears abstruse and even impractical. Hence, too, the tremendous achievement of The Dynamics of Social Practice. The book not only takes us confidently through the thickets of theory. But, more importantly, with examples that are thoroughly concrete (both metaphorically and quite literally), it allows us to understand how such theory can be brought to bear directly on such pressing and practical problems as climate change
Adjunct Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
The Dynamics of Social Practice, through a series of clever and courageous analytic moves, sets out an innovative framework for understanding the complexities of contemporary social processes. Written in a clear, accessible style and illustrated with a wealth of engaging examples, Shove, Pantzer and Watson successfully accomplish that rare trick of making an important contribution to social theory while also providing a major resource for social policy
Professor of the Sociology of Science and Technology, Goldsmiths
This remarkable book provides the best available analysis-theoretically trenchant and empirically illuminating-of the dynamics of social life construed as a field of practices and inaugurates the needed process of developing practice-oriented public policy
Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky
About the Author
Professor Elizabeth Shove teaches Sociology at Lancaster University.
Mika Pantzar is currently Research Director in the Consumer Society Research Centre, based at the University of Helsinki.
Dr Matt Watson is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.
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