Articulating Practices: Methods and Experiences
Articulating a Practice from within the Practice Itself: Establishing Formative Dialogues by the Use of a 'Social Poetics'
In this article we describe a set of methods — which we call a 'social poetics ' —for use by a group of practitioners in coming to a more articulate grasp of their own practices, thus to develop them. Crucially influenced by Wittgenstein 's (1953) claims — that "Nothing is hidden" from us in our conduct of our practices, and that "the origin and primitive form of the language-game is a reaction " — we show how the methods of philosophical investigation he outlines can also be used to great effect in our everyday affairs. They work, not in terms of concepts or theories worked out ahead of time in committee rooms or research laboratories by experts, but in terms of certain practical uses of language, at crucial points within the ongoing conduct of a practice, by those involved in it. Crucially, they lead us to focus on novelties, on new but unnoticed possibilities for 'going on' available to us in our present circumstances, but present to us usually in only fleeting moments. If we can allow ourselves to be 'struck by' these novelties, then we can often go on, not to solve what had been seen as a problem, but to develop new ways forward, in which the old problems become irrelevant.
Keywords: Social Practices, Social Poetics, Action Research, Methods.
Published online: 01 January 1996
Cited by 38 other publications
No author info given
Andersson, Pia, Helena Ringnér & Jan Inglis
Cunliffe, Ann L. & Giuseppe Scaratti
D’Eredita, Michael A. & Charmaine Barreto
Gherardi, Silvia & Manuela Perrotta
Glass, Rory J.
Gold, Jeff & Stuart Watson
Hadjimichael, Demetris & Haridimos Tsoukas
MacLean, Donald & Robert MacIntosh
Moscheta, Murilo, Laura Vilela Souza, Karin Aparecida Casarini & Fabio Scorsolini-Comin
Peretti, Andrezza Gomes, Pedro Pablo Sampaio Martins & Carla Guanaes-Lorenzi
Rasera, Emerson F. & Carla Guanaes
Sandberg, Jörgen & Haridimos Tsoukas
Schwartz, Ronna & James Conklin
Shotter, John & Haridimos Tsoukas
Sullivan, Gavin B.
Takahashi, Adriana Roseli Wünsch, Sergio Bulgacov, Claudia Cristina Bitencourt & Hale Kaynak
Thompson, Neil & Jan Pascal
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 21 july 2021. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.