With the interest in practice theory and praxeology on the rise, praxeology can be considered an emerging new methodological as well as theoretical paradigm which successfully overcomes epistemological dichotomies of conventional approaches.
The articles in this volume serve as starting points for rendering contemporary practice theory approaches useful for the analysis of political events and processes, without reducing the political aspect a priori to the formal policy sphere. In this context, Praxeological Political Analysis demonstrates that praxeological research is now increasingly addressing issues which are considered virulent in, for instance, the consumer, sustainability or political spheres. Following on from this key focus on political analysis, this title also seeks to expand the current status of primarily political science adaptions of practice theory approaches to the analysis of predominantly narrowly defined political practices.
Written with an explicit focus on diverse political aspects and dimensions in the performative enactment of social practices, this title will appeal to post-graduate students and scholars interested in sociology of politics, social and public policy, development in social theory and political research methods.
About the Author
Dr Michael Jonas is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria.
Dr Beate Littig is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1. A Praxeological Political Analysis – An Introduction (Michael Jonas and Beate Littig) Part I: Developments and Issues in Practice Theory Chapter 2. Multiplicity in Social Theory and Practice Ontology (Theodore Schatzki) Chapter 3. From the Philosophy of Practice to the Sociology of Practice (Craig Browne) Chapter 4. How the Senses organise the Social (Andreas Reckwitz) Chapter 5. Critique in Praxis. Arguments for a Subjectivation Theoretical Expansion on Practice Theory (Thomas Alkemeyer, Nikolaus Buschmann and Matthias Michaeler) Part II: Praxeological Analysis of Political Relations and Processes Chapter 6. International Practice Theories (Christian Bueger and Frank Gadinger) Chapter 7. Totality and Practices: The Dangers of Empiricism and the Promise of a ‘Logic of Reconstruction’ in Practise-based Research (Kai Koddenbrock) Chapter 8. Transition or Transformation? A Plea for the Praxeological Approach of Radical Socio-Ecological Change (Michael Jonas) Chapter 9. Challenges to changing Unreflected Practices – A Discussion of the Limits of Policies to initiate Change from a Praxeological Perspective (Angela Wroblewski) Chapter 10. The Visual Diffusion of Political Practices (Tanja Pritzlaff-Scheele) Chapter 11. Making Differences. Racism and Anti-Racism in White Feminist Activism (Stefanie Mayer) Part III: Conclusion Chapter 12. Benefits and Potentials of a Praxeological Political Analysis (Michael Jonas and Beate Littig)