Introduction: Body/Practice?

William Green, Nick Hopwood

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This chapter introduces the key questions around which the Body/Practice book is framed. How the body matters in practice, its significance for understanding and researching professional practice, learning and education, and the implications of an approach that centres the body are all raised as central matters of concern. These questions are located within broader traditions of social and philosophical enquiry, and related to a somatic turn that has been embraced across a range of disciplines. The chapter then turns more explicitly to questions of (professional) practice, situating a focus on the body within key developments in practice theory. This leads to an engagement with methodological issues, and links to the notion of philosophical-empirical enquiry as a distinctive research stance that seeks to marry conceptual sophistication with empirical rigour within a broader practice-focused research agenda. This stance is discussed in relation to varied (meta-)traditions of practice-theory scholarship, including those described as neo-Aristotelian, post-Cartesian, and American Pragmatist. The chapter concludes with a brief account of the genesis of Body/Practice as a volume, and an outline of each of the remaining chapters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe body in professional practice, learning and education
Subtitle of host publicationBody/Practice
EditorsBill Green, Nick Hopwood
Place of PublicationDordrecht, The Netherlands
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319001401
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameProfessional and practice-based learning

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    Green, W., & Hopwood, N. (2015). Introduction: Body/Practice? In B. Green, & N. Hopwood (Eds.), The body in professional practice, learning and education: Body/Practice (1st ed., pp. 3-14). (Professional and practice-based learning; Vol. 11). Springer-Verlag London Ltd..