Social Practice

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Giddens, 1976[edit]

The ongoing series of practical activities.

Giddens, Anthony. New rules of sociological method. Stanford University Press, 1993:81

MacIntyre, 1981[edit]

By a ‘practice’ I am going to mean any coherent and complex form of socially established cooperative human activity through which goods internal to that form of activity are realized in the course of trying to achieve those standards of excellence which are appropriate to, and partially definitive of, that form of activity, with the result that human powers to achieve excellence and human conceptions of the ends and goals involved are systematically extended.

MacIntyre, A. After Virtue. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981:175.

Taylor, 1989[edit]

Any stable configuration of shared activity, whose shape is defined by a certain pattern of dos and don'ts.

Taylor, C. Sources of the self: The making of the modern identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1989:204

Hedegaard, Chaiklin and Jensen, 1999[edit]

Structured human traditions for interaction around specific tasks and goals.

Hegegaard, M., Chaiklin, S., & Jensen, U.J. "Activity theory and social practice: An introduction". In S. Chaiklin, M. Hedegaard & U.J. Jensen (Eds.), Activity theory and social practice: Cultural-Historical approaches, pp. 12-30. Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University Press. 1999:19

Fairclough, 2003[edit]

A relatively stabilized form of social activity . . . Every practice is an articulation of diverse social elements within a relatively stable social configuration, always including discourse.

Fairclough, N. Analysing discourse: Textual analysis for social research. New York: Routledge. 2003:205