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Family Dynamics and Social Practice Theories: An Investigation of Daily Practices Related to Food, Mobility, Energy Consumption, and Tourism

Françoise Bartiaux and Luis Reátegui Salmón

Based on empirical data on “green” practices according to household size, this article questions the role, if any, given to close personal relationships by social practice theories in sustaining or not daily life practices. Data are mainly drawn from an Internet survey conducted in Belgium in 2006 by WWF-Belgium on daily practices, related to food, energy consumption, mobility, and tourism. Results show that smaller households carry out more numerous “green” practices than larger ones. The concluding discussion underlines the relevance of including social interactions—namely within the household—into the conceptual framework derived from the social theories of practices, to take into account the rearticulating role of social interactions and domestic power claims when carrying out a practice or a set of practices, and when changing it.

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A Transformative Practice? Meaning, Competence, and Material Aspects of Driving Electric Cars in Norway

Marianne Ryghaug and Marit Toftaker

This article focuses on the introduction of electric vehicles in Norway and how electrical cars are understood culturally in relation to conventional car use. Theoretically, elements of social practice theory and the analysis of processes of domestication are combined to frame practical, cognitive, and symbolic dimensions of electric car use. The empirical data consists of individual and focus group interviews with electric car users. The analysis unpacks the implications of user-designated meaning in driving practices, competencies considered necessary when driving electric cars, and the material aspects regarded as critical features of electric car driving. Preliminary findings suggest that the practice of electric car driving alters user habits by making transportation needs more salient and raises both the technological and energy consumption awareness of users.

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“For Girls to Feel Safe”

Community Engineering for Sexual Assault Prevention

Day Greenberg and Angela Calabrese Barton

social practice theory ( Holland et al. 2001 ) and feminist writings on intersectionality (Crenshaw 1989). Combining these perspectives illuminates intersectionality across scales of activity. We explore how the girls’ positionings as raced, classed, and

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Editorial

Mimi Sheller and Gijs Mom

, and discourse analysis, or more broadly conceived methodologies, such as cultural history and ethnography. Several also join multiple fields together, such as social practice theory and mobilities theory, or migration studies and mobility studies

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Theorizing Mobility Transitions

An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Cristina Temenos, Anna Nikolaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers, Matt Watson, and Mimi Sheller

the new mobilities paradigm to understand transitions, bringing together complexity theory, MLP, and social practice theory. With this discussion, we hope to provide a short yet succinct overview that suggests some approaches to the challenges of

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Pluralizing Mobilities Theory for Post-carbon Futures and Social Justice

Mimi Sheller

recasting of the social sciences”: complexity theory, sociotechnical transitions, and social practice theory—all of which arise from the Global North and its own self-understanding. 2 We did not refer much to social theory created by scholars elsewhere in

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The Transformation of Urban Mobility Practices in Maastricht (1950–1980)

Coevolution of Cycling and Car Mobility

Marc Dijk, Anique Hommels, and Manuel Stoffers

practices as their focus of analysis: a type of behavior that is routinized. Unlike MLP, social practice theories (SPTs) decenter technology and explicitly recognize it as deeply integrated with social processes and, very often, mundane everyday shared

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Making Sense of the Human-Nature Relationship

A Reception Study of the “Nature Is Speaking” Campaign on YouTube

Ulrika Olausson

Devine-Wright , and Caroline Howarth . 2016 . “ Developing a Critical Agenda to Understand Pro-environmental Actions: Contributions from Social Representations and Social Practices Theories .” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 7 ( 5