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Variation and the intersection of practices

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Publication date2017
Host publicationThe nexus of practices: connections, constellations, practitioners
EditorsAllison Hui, Theodore Schatzki, Elizabeth Shove
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315560816
ISBN (Print)9781138675155, 9781138675148
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Despite the prevalence of variation within social life, a vocabulary for articulating how practices vary has been underdeveloped within theories of practice. This chapter articulates analytic strategies that can be used to name and discuss different types of variation – both within and between practices – drawing upon examples from four cases: birdwatching, eating, identity verification practices and funerals. It argues that spatio-temporal, practitioner/material and conceptual intersections between practices are crucial for developing analytic approaches and vocabularies more attuned to variation within a nexus of practices, and highlights how interdependence operates through sequenced practices and cross-cutting group categories such as ‘family’.

Bibliographic note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Nexus of Practices: connections, constellations, practitioners on 06/12/2016, available online: https://www.routledge.com/The-Nexus-of-Practices-Connections-constellations-practitioners/Hui-Schatzki-Shove/p/book/9781138675155