It has taken a little while to come out, but an essay that I wrote for The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, while I was at Manchester and teaching the postgraduate course on consumption has now been published.
The essay provides a brief introduction to the sub-discipline of the ‘Sociology of Consumption, outlining some of the arguments from that course and that Alan Warde makes in his comprehensive review of the field (see his article on The Sociology of Consumption: Its Recent Development. Annual Review of Sociology 41 (1) and his four-volume set on consumption).
The publisher has complicated rules on Open Access so if you would like to read my contribution, please just send me an email.
My article titled ‘Institutional Rhythms: Combining Practice Theory and Rhythmanalysis to Conceptualise Processes of Institutionalisation’ is out now and is Open Access in Time and Society.
This article examines various ways that practice theorists have drawn on theories of time and about temporal rhythms to describe how practices are organised in everyday life. It does so to argue that Lefebvre’s work on rhythmanalysis provides important ideas for understanding how practices become temporally connected and societal rhythms become institutionalised.
Nicola Spurling and I have a chapter in The Nexus of Practices: Connections, Constellations, Practitioners which is edited by Allison Hui, Elizabeth Shove, and Theodore Schatzki and was published in December 2016. The accepted manuscript version of this chapter is available here.
Our chapter calls for a practice theory which begins with complexes of practice and not ‘a practice’, and for one that focuses on the relationships between connections (interconnections). Through examples of hospital life, we develop the concept of connective tissue which both holds complexes of practice together and that is itself an essential feature of practices. The chapter argues that connective tissue has multiple qualities. We argue that studying the interconnections between these qualities is the key to understanding change in hospital life, and other complexes of practice, over time.
A new special issue in Health and Place on Exercise and Environment and edited by Russell Hitchings and Alan Latham will be published shortly. I have an article in this issue which is available online now here. (An open access version of the accepted manuscript is available here.)
The article is based on empirical work that I conducted while doing my doctoral research, which was, in part, on the establishment and maintenance of habits and routines.