Implementing, Embedding, and Integrating Practices: An Outline of Normalization Process Theory

May, Carl and Finch, Tracy (2009) Implementing, Embedding, and Integrating Practices: An Outline of Normalization Process Theory. Sociology, 43 (3). pp. 535-554. ISSN 0038-0385

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038509103208

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diffusion of innovation, embedding, implementation, material practice, normalization process theory, routinization
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 09:31
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 09:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32828

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