A Practice Sensibility

An Invitation to the Theory of Practice Architectures

  • Stephen Kemmis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 1-6
  3. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 31-92
  4. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 93-126
  5. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 127-148
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-185

About this book


This book introduces readers to the theory of practice architectures and conveys a way of approaching practice theory through developing a practice sensibility. It shows that, in order to change our practices, we must also change the conditions that make those practices possible. The book draws on everyday life to illustrate how we can see the world by watching it unfold in practices: it argues that life happens in practices. The theory of practice architectures takes the ontological nature of practices seriously by recognising that practices take place in the real world.

Consequently, the book offers a new perspective on how practices happen amidst a vast world of happenings; on how we participate in the “happening-ness” of the world through our practices. It invites us to consider whether our practices reproduce or aggravate the contemporary environmental crises confronting the Earth, and whether we can transform our current practices to ameliorate these crises. Given its focus and scope, the book will benefit master’s and doctoral students in social and educational theory, early career researchers, and established researchers new to practice theory.


Practice Theory Life Happens in Practices Sustainable Practices Practices and Sustainability Ontological Perspective on Practices Changing Practices and Changing Practice Architectures Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity Intersubjective Space Semantic Space Physical Space-time Social Space Cultural-discursive Arrangements Material-economic Arrangements Social-political Arrangements Sociomaterial Theory of Practice Site Ontology Contestation and Institutionalization Reproduction and Transformation Reproduction of Practices Practice-arrangement Bundles

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-32-9538-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-32-9539-1
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