Resources and reading

Relevant blog: Practice Theory Methodologies

see for many posts and discussions about practice theory and methodology by some of the leading figures in the field. Set up by Allison Hui – DEMAND Research Centre and Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

and Hilmar Schäfer
Cultural Sociology, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany


New publication: 2017, 

Care and Policy Practices, eds N Gill, V. Singleton, N. Waterton.  

This book asks what might be required of a new sociology of work and why such a project is vital for understanding people’s working lives at the start of the twenty–first century.

It is a collection of essays examining the concept of work, questioning what constitutes work, and where work ends and other activities begin. Acknowledges the work that goes on outside formal employment, in the family, the community and within various institutions.

The book highlights the importance of understanding the broad range of experiences of work in order to provide a more meaningful account of people s work practices. It draws on studies which explore how localized temporal, temporal and socio–economic factors shape people s experiences.

The editors develop a distinctive theoretical framework and draw together key conclusions and policy recommendations.


Further reading

For those who’d like to know more about the theoretical approach at the heart of the events, there is some introductory reading suggested below. We’ve started with the general issue of organizational practices, and then put up some literature relating more specifically to education, the environment and health, where these theories are most often applied.



Practice and organization (in general)

Cetina, K. K., Schatzki, T. R., and Von Savigny, E. (2000) The practice turn in contemporary theory. London, Routledge.

de Vaujany, F.-X., and Mitev, N. (2013) Materiality and space: organizations, artefacts and practices. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Feldman, M. S., and Orlikowski, W. J. (2011) ‘Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory’ Organization Science 22 (5): 1240-1253

Nicolini, D. (2012) Practice theory, work, and organization: An introduction. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Pink, S. (2008) ‘Re-thinking Contemporary Activism: From Community to Emplaced Sociality’ Ethnos 73 (2): 163-188

Rynes, S. L., Bartunek, J. M., and Daft, R. L. (2001) ‘Across the great divide: Knowledge creation and transfer between practitioners and academics’ Academy of management Journal 44 (2): 340-355

Shove, E., Pantzar, M., and Watson, M. (2012) The dynamics of social practice: Everyday life and how it changes, London: Sage

Wenger, E. (2000) ‘Communities of Practice and Social Learning Systems’ Organization 7 (2) Sage: 225-246.




Fenwick, T., and Nerland, M., eds (2014) Reconceptualising Professional Learning: Sociomaterial knowledges, practices and responsibilities London: Routledge

Kemmis, S. and Smith, T. (2008) Enabling praxis: Challenges for education, Rotterdam: Sense.

Reay, D. A., Arnot, M, David, M., Evans, J. and James, E. (2004) Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of education: the theory of practice and the practice of theory. In British journal of sociology of education 25, 4, 411-413.

Schatzki, T. R. (2012) ‘A primer on practices’. In Practice-based education (13-26): Springer




Boldero, J. M., and Binder, G. (2013) ‘Can psychological and practice theory approaches to environmental sustainability be integrated?’ Environment and Planning A 45 (11): 2535-2538

Hargreaves, T. (2011) ‘Practice-ing behaviour change: Applying social practice theory to pro- environmental behaviour change’ Journal of Consumer Culture 11 (1): 79-99

Shove, E. (2012) ‘Putting practice into policy: reconfiguring questions of consumption and climate change’ Contemporary Social Science 9 (4): 415-429

Watson, M. (2012) ‘How theories of practice can inform transition to a decarbonised transport system’ Journal of Transport Geography 24: 488-496

Wilson, C., and Chatterton, T. (2011) ‘Multiple models to inform climate change policy: a pragmatic response to the ‘beyond the ABC’ debate’ Environment and Planning A 43 (12): 2781-2787




Blue, S., Shove, E., Carmona, C., and Kelly, M. P. (2014) ‘Theories of practice and public health: understanding (un)healthy practices’ Critical Public Health: 1-15

Cohn, S. (2014) ‘From Health Behaviours to Health Practices: Introduction ‘. In From Health Behaviours to Health Practices: Critical Perspectives, ed. S. Cohn (1-15), London: Wiley

Maller, C. J. (2015) ‘Understanding health through social practices: performance and materiality in everyday life’ Sociology of Health & Illness 37 (1): 52-66

Mol, A. (2008) The logic of care: Health and the problem of patient choice: Routledge

Mol, A., Moser, I., and Pols, J., eds (2010) Care in Practice: On Tinkering in Clinics, Homes and Farms, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.