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April 7, 2007

Schatzki presents his praxis philosophy in two volumes, delivering the heart of his theory in his Social Practices and developing it further in his The Site of the Social. He does not directly or extensively address the relationship between language and praxis, but he provides ample tools for doing so. Schatzki defines a social practice as nexus of doings and sayings organized by understandings, rules, and what he terms “teleoaffective structures.” An understanding is a sense of how to go on in a basic activity, e.g. knowing how to ask questions, give orders, make a left-hand turn, show respect by bowing, and so on. A rule is a linguistic formulations concerning how things should count or how they should or should not proceed. A teleoaffective structure is a linking of ends, means, and moods appropriate to a particular practice or set of practices and that governs what it makes sense to do beyond what is specified by particular understandings and rules.

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