New book: New Practices for New Publics

booksprintfrontcoverKate and Catherine recently participated in a “book sprint”, as part of an ESRC Seminar Series called ‘New Practices for New Publics‘.

This was an innovative series of events designed to bring together cutting edge thinking in social science, drawing on theories of social practice, with the experiences of civil society organisations, especially those in the community and voluntary sector. The series explored what these organisations ‘do’ – attending to the complexities of everyday work in fields including health, education, social care, housing and other community action.

The book sprint was aimed at condensing some of the themes and work which emerged from the seminar series, and acted as a collective and collaborative approach to book writing, where everyone writes, edits and redrafts what emerges during a week period.

The final product of the book sprint – New Practices for New Publics? Theories of social practice and the voluntary and community sector – is available for download here.

You can follow tweets from the book sprint on twitter or learn more about the writing concept at book sprint’s website.

Participation in the seminar series and book sprint has helped to shape and develop our thinking about theories of social practice, providing ideas about everyday practice that will inform the tracking project.

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