There Is No Such Thing As Practice Theorie without Comparative Sociology

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:30
Oral Presentation
Franka SCHAFER, Department of Sociology, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
The intended talk affiliates on the call for discussing theoretical and methodological issues. Initial point is the fitting accuracy of methodological consequences in theories of practice with comparative sociology. The theoretical approach of social practices has been enjoying great popularity for several years, offers a new perspective on the social, but is still reduced on routines of practices. That could be treated with a strong consolidation of comparison within sociologies of practice. The talk centres the concept of practice within a discurse oriented poststructural materialism with its methodological consequences for doing sociology and discuss especially the practice-theoretical principle of a necessary comparative analysis by recommend first findings produced by the method of practice-theoretical filmanalysis with the methodological focus on moving body-object-associations. During the argumentation I will show how to overcome the ongoing limitation on routines within theories of practice by focusing on the special dynamics of practice in their own quality of enforcement and by methodologically controlled comparison of associations and interplays of different phases of formations of practices. The benefit of the analytical framework will be exemplified on a comparison between initial Yippie practices of protest during the Chicago Festival of Life 1968 and a same same but different formation of practices of protest in the 1980s during the so called Neue Deutsche Welle, also known as ‘german new wave’. Concentrating on the novel elements and different associations of specific formations of practices of protest respective music helps to carve out the continuous dynamic of transformation of practice to stay effective. These examples will show the synergetic cooperation of practice theory and comparativ sociology by switching not only different timeframes, but geographical and social fields of practice for comparative sociological research as well.