Method as intervention: Intervening in practice through quantitative and mixed methodologies

Alison Browne, Will Medd, Ben Anderson, Martin Pullinger

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This chapter ‘Method as Intervention’ outlines the importance of playing (ontological) politics with method. It reflects on the potential for theories of practice, actualised in quantitative survey and mixed methodologies, to redefine the political commitments of resource industries such as the UK water sector. The survey focused on the diversity and patterns of practice, and shifted the unit of analysis from people to practice. The analysis and discussion shows how methods can be used as intervention to retell familiar theoretical stories, reveal new understandings of practice, redefine political agendas, and develop resources to evidence the utility of theories of practice to intervening in sustainability and consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial practices, intervention and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change
EditorsYolande Strengers, Cecily Maller
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-73963-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Social practices
  • Sustainability
  • Behaviour change

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