Elites, elements and events: practice theory and scale

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Abstract


  • Practice theory appears to be a flat ontology in conventional renderings, but it is unclear why this is so. In attempting to scale socio-technical systems practice theory finds itself needing to think about new possible strategies to both compete with other ontologies and rebrand itself as capable of mapping the world outside of everyday life, the domestic and the home. In pursuit of this goal three unfamiliar new terrains are explored: elites, elements and events. In this paper a method for practice theory to broach scale while retaining its current value is articulated through ideas about the synchronization of elements and through paying closer attention to elites and events in the ways practices are practised.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. 2012, 'Elites, elements and events: practice theory and scale', Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 24, no. September, pp. 497-502.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84865170067

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2606&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1580

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Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 497

End Page


  • 502

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • September

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Practice theory appears to be a flat ontology in conventional renderings, but it is unclear why this is so. In attempting to scale socio-technical systems practice theory finds itself needing to think about new possible strategies to both compete with other ontologies and rebrand itself as capable of mapping the world outside of everyday life, the domestic and the home. In pursuit of this goal three unfamiliar new terrains are explored: elites, elements and events. In this paper a method for practice theory to broach scale while retaining its current value is articulated through ideas about the synchronization of elements and through paying closer attention to elites and events in the ways practices are practised.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T. 2012, 'Elites, elements and events: practice theory and scale', Journal of Transport Geography, vol. 24, no. September, pp. 497-502.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84865170067

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2606&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1580

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 497

End Page


  • 502

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • September

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom