Re: [xmca] AT and dispersed practice

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at>
Date: Sat Aug 11 2007 - 16:30:09 PDT


I note you did not get a response to this message. I, personally, am
unacquainted with Schatzki's work. I have found the following reference:

 Schatzki, Theodore
  *Title* Social practices : a Wittgensteinian approach to human activity
and the social / Theodore R. Schatzki

But it is not at UCSD. Is there an article you might point us toward? You
brief summary of examples of practices was not enough to go on for me.

On 8/10/07, Branimira Slavova <> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I've been trying to understand activity theory alongside theories of
> social practice (Schatzki, 1996). I find a lot of overlap. For example, in
> Schatzki mind/action is socially instituted, the body is socially produced,
> integrative practices are linked through understandings, rules and
> teleoaffective, hierarchical structures of actions etc. The main differences
> are obviously Schatzki's emphasis on language and Wittgensteinian roots of
> his theory. I was wondering if anyone is aware of any work explicitly
> comparing the two perspectives, or if you have any thoughts on what the
> elements of such comparison might be.
> I am particularly interested in the concept of "dispersed practices" and
> if people on the list think that it has any parallel within activity theory.
> In Schatzki practices of this sort are "widely dispersed among different
> sectors of social life. Examples of dispersed practices are the prectices of
> describing, ordering, following rules, explaining, questioning, retorting,
> examining and imagining." In other words, dispersed practices are temporally
> unfolding and spatially dispersed nexuses of doings and sayings, governed
> mostly by a linkage of understandings, and rarely by rules. Dispersion
> requires the absence of teleoaffective components.
> Regards,
> Dr Mira Slavova
> Research Fellow in Information Management
> Maurice Keyworth Building
> The University of Leeds
> Leeds LS2 9JT
> Tel: 0113 343 7818
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