Parsing the practice turn : practice, practical knowledge, practicesParsing the practice turn : practice, practical knowledge, practices
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Millennium: journal of international studies / London School of Economics and Political Science. - London
44(2016):2, p. 175-196
University of Antwerp
A substantial body of literature centers on the concept of practice. This article parses the practice turn in International Relations. It suggests that the meaning of practice is a moving target. Sometimes it means process. Sometimes it refers to a particular type of knowledge and related action. And sometimes it is used as a quasi-synonym for institution. There are actually three concepts animating the practice turn: practice, practical knowledge, and practices. These concepts hail from different intellectual pastures and lead to different ways of explaining and understanding international relations. The article introduces the three concepts, explains how each concept entails a particular interpretation of the nature and possibility of change, as well as affords a particular theory of peace(making).