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Practice theory in context
thomas.berker@ntnu.no
KULT & ZEB
Looking at theories
• The helicopter’s eyes
• Looking at specific relations between
theories, theorists, audiences,
infras...
Where does PT come from
• A specific sociological perspective
originally developed in Europe in the
1970s that seeks to tr...
What does P do?
• Productive research on
– Inconspicuous ways of adopting of and
adapting to structures (“tactics and stra...
Shove’s (et al.) contribution
• The triplet Skills/Images/Stuff connects to a
broad variety of research communities and
th...
Future directions?
• How exactly are performance and entity
related?
– Structural readings
– Individualist readings
• Curr...
Future directions?
• How exactly are performance and entity
related?
– Structural readings
– Individualist readings
• Curr...
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Thomas Berker IEA DSM Task 24 workshop Practice Theory

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Thomas Berker IEA DSM Task 24 workshop Practice Theory

  1. 1. Practice theory in context thomas.berker@ntnu.no KULT & ZEB
  2. 2. Looking at theories • The helicopter’s eyes • Looking at specific relations between theories, theorists, audiences, infrastructures, discourses, economics, politics, etc. to describe and explain a theory’s relevance in different contexts
  3. 3. Where does PT come from • A specific sociological perspective originally developed in Europe in the 1970s that seeks to transcend common reductionisms: – Social structural – Technological – Psychological – Economical “Human factor” Systems
  4. 4. What does P do? • Productive research on – Inconspicuous ways of adopting of and adapting to structures (“tactics and strategies”, “encoding/decoding”, “domestication”) – Groups instead of individuals or “the whole society”: Communities (of practice), social worlds, households, shared lifestyles, etc.
  5. 5. Shove’s (et al.) contribution • The triplet Skills/Images/Stuff connects to a broad variety of research communities and theoretical schools, e.g. social anthropology, STS, organization science, traditional sociology, media studies, etc. • Practice as “performance” but also as “entity” – Promises to be able to “scale up” – Preserves the original preference for contingency and complexity
  6. 6. Future directions? • How exactly are performance and entity related? – Structural readings – Individualist readings • Current contenders: ANT, assemblage theory, non-representational theory, governmentality/technologies of the self
  7. 7. Future directions? • How exactly are performance and entity related? – Structural readings – Individualist readings • Current contenders: ANT, assemblage theory, non-representational theory, governmentality/technologies of the self

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