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Implementing, embedding, and integrating practices: an outline of normalization process theory

Implementing, embedding, and integrating practices: an outline of normalization process theory
Implementing, embedding, and integrating practices: an outline of normalization process theory
Understanding the processes by which practices become routinely embedded in everyday life is a long-standing concern of sociology and the other social sciences. It has important applied relevance in understanding and evaluating the implementation of material practices across a range of settings.This article sets out a theory of normalization processes that proposes a working model of implementation, embedding and integration in conditions marked by complexity and emergence. The theory focuses on the work of embedding and of sustaining practices within interaction chains, and helps in understanding why some processes seem to lead to a practice becoming normalized while others do not.
0038-0385
535-554
May, Carl
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Finch, Tracy
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May, Carl
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Finch, Tracy
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May, Carl and Finch, Tracy (2009) Implementing, embedding, and integrating practices: an outline of normalization process theory. Sociology, 43 (3), 535-554. (doi:10.1177/0038038509103208).

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Understanding the processes by which practices become routinely embedded in everyday life is a long-standing concern of sociology and the other social sciences. It has important applied relevance in understanding and evaluating the implementation of material practices across a range of settings.This article sets out a theory of normalization processes that proposes a working model of implementation, embedding and integration in conditions marked by complexity and emergence. The theory focuses on the work of embedding and of sustaining practices within interaction chains, and helps in understanding why some processes seem to lead to a practice becoming normalized while others do not.

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Published date: June 2009
Organisations: Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 163699
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163699
ISSN: 0038-0385
PURE UUID: d0d0e5fe-4e49-4634-b328-825e41868b24
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0451-2690

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2010 10:53
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:41

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Author: Carl May ORCID iD
Author: Tracy Finch

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