Practice Matters! Geographical inquiry and theories of practice

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This article develops an outline agenda for bringing theories of practice, and particularly Schatzki’s ‘site ontology’, together with geographical inquiry. We elucidate this agenda through consideration of three contemporary preoccupations in human geography, comprising emotion, materiality and knowledge. I co-authored it with Jonathan Everts and Matthias Lahr and it was published in the journal Erdkunde in 2011.

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Everts J, M Lahr and M Watson (2011) ‘Practice Matters! Geographical inquiry and theories of practice’ Erdkunde, 65 (4) 323-334.

ABSTRACT Recent developments in theories of practice have seen place and space taken explicitly into account. In particular, Theodore Schatzki’s ‘site ontology’ offers distinctive but as yet under-explored means of engaging with human geographies. By giving ontological priority to practices as constitutive of the social, this kind of practice theory provides an integrative conceptual framework that enables the analysis of diverse phenomena in relation to each other, over space and time, as they are constituted through practices. This article develops an outline agenda for bringing theories of practice, and particularly Schatzki’s ‘site ontology’, together with geographical inquiry. We elucidate this agenda through consideration of three contemporary preoccupations in human geography, comprising emotion, materiality and knowledge

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Author: Matt Watson

A Human Geographer at the University of Sheffield, interested in how everyday human action and social orders make each other, with implications for sustainability and wellbeing. Currently looking at energy including how to tackle demand for it.

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