My Journey within Practice-Based Approaches Bandwagon


  • Mika Pantzar Centre for Consumer Society Research, University of Helsinki



Theory of practice, Structuration theory, Practice turn, Consumer economics


In this comment to the Symposium on the Contamination of Practices, the author reflects on the birth of practice theory, as emerged from the work done with his colleague Elizabeth Shove. In doing so, the comment outlines that the interest to develop this approach especially emerged from the author’s frustration with the perspective to consumption common in economics. Starting from this subjective view, the article takes into consideration the contribution from the papers included in the symposium, highlighting that their variety reveals the flexibility and usefulness of the practice approach.


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Crabu, S. (2019). Learning and Shaping Expert Knowledges: The Case of Precision Medicine. Sociologica, 13(3).

Domaneschi, L. (2019). The Sociomateriality of Cooking. The Practice Turn in Contemporary Food Studies. Sociologica, 13(3).

Giardullo, P. (2019). Automatizing Green Practices? The Analysis of Reverse Vending Machines. Sociologica, 13(3).

Giddens, A. (1984). The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration. San Francisco: University of California Press.

Granovetter, M. (1985). Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness. American Journal of Sociology, 91(3), 481–510. Retrieved from

Kalberg, S. (1994). Max Weber’s Comparative Historical Sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Magaudda, P., & Piccioni, T. (2019). Practice Theory and Media Infrastructures: “Infrastructural Disclosures” in Smartphone Use. Sociologica, 13(3).

Nicolini, D. (2012). Practice Theory, Work and Organization. An Introduction. Cambridge: Oxford University Press.

Pantzar, M., & Shove, E. (2010a). Understanding Innovation in Practice: A Discussion of the Production and Re-production of Nordic Walking. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 22(4), 447–461.

Pantzar, M., & Shove, E. (2010b). Temporal Rhythms as Outcomes of Social Practices: A Speculative Discussion. Ethnologia Europaea, 40(1), 19–29.

Schatzki, T.R, Knorr-Cetina, K., & Von Savigny, E. (Eds.). (2001). The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory. London: Routledge.

Shove, E., & Pantzar, M. (2005). Fossilisation. Ethnologia Europaea, 35(1–2), 59–63.

Shove, E., & Pantzar, M. (2007). Recruitment and Reproduction: The Careers and Carriers of Digital Photography and Floorball. Human Affairs, 17(2), 154–167.

Shove, E., Pantzar, M., & Watson, M. (2012). The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and How It Changes. London: Sage.

Tosoni, S. (2019). Dark Enactments in Milan: A Practice-Centred Exploration of an Italian Post-Punk Subculture of the ‘80s. Sociologica, 13(3).

Volonté, P. (2019). Modelling Practice: The Inertia of Body Ideals in the Fashion System. Sociologica, 13(3).

Warde A. (2003). Consumption and Theories of Practice, Draft CRIC Discussion paper, University of Manchester.

Warde, A. (2005). Consumption and Theories of Practice. Journal of Consumer Culture, 5(2), 131–153.




How to Cite

Pantzar, M. (2019). My Journey within Practice-Based Approaches Bandwagon. Sociologica, 13(3), 167–174.



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