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Explaining showering: a discussion of the material, conventional, and temporal dimensions of practice.

Hand, Martin; and Shove, Elizabeth; and Southerton, Dale. (2005) Explaining showering: a discussion of the material, conventional, and temporal dimensions of practice. Sociological Research Online, 10 (2). ISSN 1360-7804

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Abstract

This article considers the increasing popularity of showering in the UK. We use this case as a means of exploring some of the dimensions and dynamics of everyday practice. Drawing upon a range of documentary evidence, we begin by sketching three possible explanations for the current constitution of showering as a private, increasingly resource-intensive routine. We begin by reviewing the changing infrastructural, technological, rhetorical and moral positioning of showering. We then consider how the multiple and contingent constituents of showering are arranged and re-arranged in and through the practice itself. In taking this approach, we address a number of more abstract questions about the relation between practices, technologies and infrastructures and about what these relationships mean for the fixity and fluidity of ordinary routines and for associated patterns of consumption. The result is a method that allows us to analyse the ways in which material cultures and conventions are reproduced and transformed. This has practical implications for those seeking to contain the environmental consequences of resource-intensive practices.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociological Research Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Time
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 11294
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2008 12:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11294

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