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A Practice Sensibility

An Invitation to the Theory of Practice Architectures


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 1-6
  3. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 31-92
  4. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 93-126
  5. Stephen Kemmis
    Pages 127-148
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-185

About this book


This book introduces readers to the theory of practice architectures and conveys a way of approaching practice theory through developing a practice sensibility. It shows that, in order to change our practices, we must also change the conditions that make those practices possible. The book draws on everyday life to illustrate how we can see the world by watching it unfold in practices: it argues that life happens in practices. The theory of practice architectures takes the ontological nature of practices seriously by recognising that practices take place in the real world.

Consequently, the book offers a new perspective on how practices happen amidst a vast world of happenings; on how we participate in the “happening-ness” of the world through our practices. It invites us to consider whether our practices reproduce or aggravate the contemporary environmental crises confronting the Earth, and whether we can transform our current practices to ameliorate these crises. Given its focus and scope, the book will benefit master’s and doctoral students in social and educational theory, early career researchers, and established researchers new to practice theory.


Practice Theory Life Happens in Practices Sustainable Practices Practices and Sustainability Ontological Perspective on Practices Changing Practices and Changing Practice Architectures Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity Intersubjective Space Semantic Space Physical Space-time Social Space Cultural-discursive Arrangements Material-economic Arrangements Social-political Arrangements Sociomaterial Theory of Practice Site Ontology Contestation and Institutionalization Reproduction and Transformation Reproduction of Practices Practice-arrangement Bundles

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia

About the authors

Stephen Kemmis is a Professor Emeritus of the School of Education, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. He is a co-author with Wilfred Carr of Becoming Critical: Knowledge, Education and Action Research (London: Falmer, 1986); with Robin McTaggart and Rhonda Nixon of The Action Research Planner: Doing critical participatory action research (Singapore: Springer, 2014); with Jane Wilkinson, Christine Edwards-Groves, Peter Grootenboer & Laurette Bristol of Changing Practices, Changing Education (Singapore: Springer, 2014); and with Christine Edwards-Groves of Understanding Education: History, politics and practice (Singapore: Springer). His main interests are in education and educational research, practice theory (particularly the theory of practice architectures), and critical participatory action research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Practice Sensibility
  • Book Subtitle An Invitation to the Theory of Practice Architectures
  • Authors Stephen Kemmis
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-32-9538-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-32-9541-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-32-9539-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 185
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Sociology of Education
    Philosophy of Education
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