Why practice theory is micro-theory when compared to other cultural theories

Praveen S
Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Much of the anthropology and the theories of culture assume that culture makes people act or think in a specific manner. However, practice theory assumes that such human tendencies to act and think are consequences of participation in the practices.
Practice theory also assumes that a field of practices or bundles of practices compose culture or society. All social and cultural phenomenon is thus formed through linkages between different practices.
Since practice composes cultural and social phenomena and shapes human tendencies, we can perceive the intermediate position of practice theory in explaining how cultural phenomena are related to human acts and thoughts. In this sense, we can understand practice theory as a micro-theory.