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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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Silvia Gherardi

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Acknowledgements, second edition
1. Practice as accomplishment
1.1 An ordinary practice of the gig economy
1.2 Keeping a practice on its tracks
1.3 Practice and the paradigm of situated action
1.4 Working practice as knowing-in-practice
1.5 To sum up
2. Practice as collective knowledgeable doing
2.1 Maintaining a common orientation: the Bakerloo Line control room
2.2 Performing ‘presence’: the Paris RER
2.3 Co-piloting and scaffolding as learning/knowing in practice
2.4 Mobilizing border resources
2.5 To sum up
3. Practice as sensible knowing
3.1 Embodied knowledge
3.2 Professional vision
3.3 Gendered bodies and gender as a social practice
3.4 Embodiment as possession and embodiment as presence
3.5 To sum up
4. Practice as sociomateriality
4.1 The sociomateriality of technologies
4.2 The agency of objects
4.3 The technological infrastructure of practices
4.4 Equipped environment and improvisational choreography
4.5 To sum up
5. The normative infrastructure of practice
5.1 Negotiating the ambiguity of rules
5.2 Written and oral expression to sustain rules
5.3 Ordinary prescription
5.4 Attention rules
5.5 To sum up
6. Talking while practising
6.1 Institutional discursive practices
6.2 Talking in order to understand
6.3 Talking in order to overcome absence and distance
6.4 Telling stories to build a community
6.5 To sum up
7. Practices as socially sustained
7.1 Aesthetic judgement
7.2 Ethical judgement
7.3 Affective engagements
7.4 Formativeness
7.5 To sum up
8. The texture of practices
8.1 Interwoven practices and their texture
8.2 Agencement: the process of establishing connections
8.3 Timespace, temporality and rhythm within a texture of practices
8.4 A research design for mapping a texture of practices
8.5 To sum up
9. Tricks of the trade
9.1 The interview with the double
9.2 Ethnography of the object
9.3 Affective ethnography
9.4 Transformative knowing
9.5 To sum up
10. Theorizing a posthumanist practice approach
10.1 The landscape: knowing and practising
10.2 Knowledge practices and the bandwagon of practice-based studies
10.3 A posthumanist practice approach
10.4 Practice approach as performative method
10.5 The lexicon of practice