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8 - Practice Theory

from Part II - How Do We Acquire Knowledge?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 April 2022

Richard Ned Lebow
Affiliation:
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
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Practice theory seeks to explain the relationship between human action by reasoning that most behavior is socially determined and best studied through practices and the institutions they represent and instantiate. Practice theory conceives of behavior as patterned deeds in socially organized contexts. I provide an overview of the practice turn literature. I discuss different understandings of practice, the mechanism of habit, which is closely associated with them, and whether practice theory can be considered causal.

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Print publication year: 2022

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  • Practice Theory
  • Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Book: The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations
  • Online publication: 07 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009106573.009
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  • Practice Theory
  • Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Book: The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations
  • Online publication: 07 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009106573.009
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  • Practice Theory
  • Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Book: The Quest for Knowledge in International Relations
  • Online publication: 07 April 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009106573.009
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