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How to Conduct a Practice-based Study

Problems and Methods, Second Edition

Silvia Gherardi

Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing have thrived in recent years. Calling upon numerous narratives from a range of research fields, the author offers insight into the many possibilities of practice research, highlighting the inextricable links between humans and technology as the key emergent trend in management studies. Developing an innovative posthumanist approach, this novel book offers a useful and insightful compass for the navigation of practice-based studies through the lens of exemplar vignettes from internationally acclaimed researchers.
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Chapter 7: Practices as socially sustained

Silvia Gherardi


Practices are facilitated and sustained by a technological, normative and discursive process of infrastructuring that is accountable to a sense of what is possible/allowed/appropriated within a practice and what is not. In other words, practices are socially sustained by aesthetic, ethical and affective judgements. Practising may be conceived as a process of knowing that, in doing, invents the way of doing. It is then formativeness that is the concept that expresses both how practices are changed and how they persist.

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