chapter  4
16 Pages

Variation and the intersection of practices

ByAllison Hui

Variation is an extremely common feature of social life – we expect to study different school subjects, meet with different clients, develop different skills and become interested in different leisure pursuits over time. Yet despite this prevalence, there are limited conceptual resources for articulating variation within theories of practice. Many established categories exist for discussing variations between people  – for example, those related to gender, race and class. A vocabulary for articulating how practices vary is, however, comparatively underdeveloped. This chapter extends this nascent discussion  – distinguishing variation within practices from variations in relation to the wider nexus of practices and identifying further differences within each of these categories.