Variation and the intersection of practices

Hui, Allison (2017) Variation and the intersection of practices. In: The nexus of practices. Routledge, London, pp. 52-67. ISBN 9781138675155

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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’.

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