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Toward a Theory of Social Practices

Toward a Theory of Social Practices This article works out the main characteristics of `practice theory', a type of social theory which has been sketched by such authors as Bourdieu, Giddens, Taylor, late Foucault and others. Practice theory is presented as a conceptual alternative to other forms of social and cultural theory, above all to culturalist mentalism, textualism and intersubjectivism. The article shows how practice theory and the three other cultural-theoretical vocabularies differ in their localization of the social and in their conceptualization of the body, mind, things, knowledge, discourse, structure/process and the agent. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Social Theory SAGE

Toward a Theory of Social Practices

European Journal of Social Theory , Volume 5 (2): 21 – May 1, 2002

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1368-4310
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1461-7137
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10.1177/13684310222225432
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Abstract

This article works out the main characteristics of `practice theory', a type of social theory which has been sketched by such authors as Bourdieu, Giddens, Taylor, late Foucault and others. Practice theory is presented as a conceptual alternative to other forms of social and cultural theory, above all to culturalist mentalism, textualism and intersubjectivism. The article shows how practice theory and the three other cultural-theoretical vocabularies differ in their localization of the social and in their conceptualization of the body, mind, things, knowledge, discourse, structure/process and the agent.

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European Journal of Social TheorySAGE

Published: May 1, 2002

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