Examining change: Practice as the central unit of enquiry

Examining change: Practice as the central unit of enquiry

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium, 23rd Sept 2019 The book Dynamics of Social Practice puts forward the idea that practice is the integration of meaning, material and competence and that by using practice as the central unit of enquiry, we can better understand adoption, evolution and continued enactment of practices. One of the examples used, when looking at the adoption and circulation of practice, is Nordic Walking, “a form of walking involving the use of two specially designed poles to increase the intensity of the exercise”. The book illustrates, in this example by considering the meaning of practice, how to help a practice being adopted…