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Practice Theory and Education : Diffractive Readings in Professional Practice (Hardcover)
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Practice thinking has emerged as a central concern in social theory and research, evident in a burgeoning literature on practice theory, practice-based approaches to research, and site studies on particular manifestations of practice. The contributors to Practice Theory – drawn from fields such as governance and leadership, literary and art practice, school education and teaching, higher education, counselling, language and social theory, and research methodology – provide an explicit engagement with the notion of ‘practice’ in order to push theoretical boundaries and to challenge and rethink how we understand practice as an object of inquiry and what this means for researching practice in a variety of contexts.
As a collection, Practice Theory provides an engagement with the notion of ‘practice’ across four themes – Onto-episto-methodological engagements with practice; Practice and subjectivity; Practice and change within and between organisations; and, Responding to neo-rationalist configurations of practice. Within each theme, chapters explore and demonstrate how practice theories and approaches can be employed and what their affordances are. Practice theories are engaged as a possible means of seeking to understand social practice, and as a way of speaking back to the limiting configurations of practice found in neo-liberal, new managerialist and narrow representationalist discourses.
Distinctive in the breadth of theoretical work it represents, this book has been specifically structured so that chapters undertaking different theoretical work in relation to a common theme are positioned side-by-side to support diffractive readings.