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Social Practices and Dynamic Non-Humans

Nature, Materials and Technologies

Editors: Maller, Cecily, Strengers, Yolande (Eds.)

  • Draws together an engaging range of authors and topics to explore a field of theory which is gaining a degree of dominance in various fields of social theory and research
  • Draws on relevant debates in relational and post-humanist thinking
  • Includes a wide range of empirically rich and varied chapters
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About this book

The robots are coming! So too is the ‘age of automation’, the march of ‘invasive’ species, more intense natural disasters, and a potential cataclysm of other unprecedented events and phenomena of which we do not yet know, and cannot predict. This book is concerned with how to account for these non-humans and their effects within theories of social practice. In particular, this provocative collection tackles contemporary debates about the roles, relations and agencies of constantly changing, disruptive, intelligent or otherwise 'dynamic' non-humans, such as weather, animals and automated devices. In doing so contributors challenge and take forward existing understandings of dynamic non-humans in theories of social practice by reconsidering their potential roles in everyday life. The book will benefit sociology, geography, science and technology studies, and human- (and animal-) computer interaction design scholars seeking to make sense of the complex entanglement of non-human phenomena and things in the performance of social practices.

About the authors

Dr Cecily Maller is a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow and co-leader of the Beyond Behaviour Change Research Program, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Australia.
Associate Professor Yolande Strengers is a Principal Research Fellow and co-leader of the Beyond Behaviour Change Research Program, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Australia.

Reviews

“Theories of practice have insufficiently explored the significance of nonhumans for social life. This splendid collection quickly fills this lacuna, pushing theories of practice to question their residual humanism and to explore such ideas as nonhumans co-performing practices. The book examines an impressive range of such entities, from organisms, water, and heat to robots, automated devices, and software. Exciting reading for anyone interested in the evolving dynamics of social life!” (Professor Ted Schatzki, University of Kentucky, USA)

“The chapters in this volume are like drawings in an artist’s sketchbook, each revealing aspects of the many and changing interactions of which social practices are made.” (Professor Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University, UK)

“This thought provoking book addresses a central issue of contemporary practice theories: do practices need humans to exist? Can non-humans and more than human actants perform practices? By offering a range of empirically grounded answers the volume questions the inherent residual humanism of some versions of practice theory and offers original and innovative ways to overcome it.” (Professor Davide Nicolini, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Dynamic Non-humans in a Changing World

    Strengers, Yolande (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

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  • Thriving in the Anthropocene: Understanding Human-Weed Relations and Invasive Plant Management Using Theories of Practice

    Atchison, Jennifer

    Pages 25-46

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  • Seeing Wood for the Trees: Placing Biological Processes Within Practices of Heating and Harvesting

    Rinkinen, Jenny

    Pages 47-62

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  • ‘Dynamic’ Non-human Animals in Theories of Practice: Views from the Subaltern

    Arcari, Paula

    Pages 63-86

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  • Dynamic Bodies in Theories of Social Practice: Vibrant Materials and More-than-Human Assemblages

    Maller, Cecily

    Pages 87-107

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-92189-1
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-92188-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Practices and Dynamic Non-Humans
Book Subtitle
Nature, Materials and Technologies
Editors
  • Cecily Maller
  • Yolande Strengers
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92189-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92189-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92188-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 264
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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