Problems and Methods, Second Edition
Chapter 8: The texture of practices
Another strong reason for choosing a practice-based study is connected to the possibility to move freely from fine-grained details of one practice to its interconnections and interdependences with other practices and the other way around. The metaphor of a texture of practices allows the micro/macro dichotomy to be dismantled and the weaving of practices to be followed, tracking their traces in all directions. The chapter introduces the concept of agencement to interpret a practice as a process of establishing connections among its elements or among practices and seeing how agency emerges in timespace horizons. A methodological suggestion – the spiral case study – is illustrated.
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