Practice Reloaded: A Statement, an Acknowledgment and a Comment


  • Attila Bruni Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento



practice theory, science and technology studies, organization studies, power


This article is a comment to the Symposium on the Contamination of Practices. It starts by presenting a concise picture of the adoption of the idea of practice in Science & Technology Studies and Organization Studies and then it offers some remarks on several of the articles included in the Symposium.


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Czarniawska, B. (2015). After Practice: A Personal Reflection. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 5(3), 105–114.

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

Feldman, M.S., & Orlikowski, W.J. (2011). Theorizing Practice and Practicing Theory. Organization Science, 22(5), 1240–1253.

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

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

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How to Cite

Bruni, A. (2019). Practice Reloaded: A Statement, an Acknowledgment and a Comment. Sociologica, 13(3), 179–183.



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