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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 10: Theorizing a posthumanist practice approach

Silvia Gherardi


The final chapter is about theorizing practice from a posthumanist positioning that displaces the human subject as the centre seat of agency for an agencement of elements that achieve agency in their being connected. Thus, the re-turn to practice anew is part of the wider movement towards a relational and sociomaterial epistemology because practice makes it possible to see and to represent a mode of ordering the social in which doing and knowing are not separated and the knowing subject and the known object emerge in their ongoing intra-action.

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