The problem of diffusion situates us at the junction of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches of various research fields in social sciences. The common tendency of recent sociological treatments of diffusion is the zooming in on the processes taking place when ideas and objects circulate – such as mobilization, adaptation, theorization, dis-embeddedness and re-embeddedness, construction, hybridization and editing. Such focus is considered to link diffusion with heterogeneity and to challenge the institutional isomorphism perspective which depicted it as leading to homogeneity in organizational fields. It is also an approach to diffusion which advances a deeper, more ethnographic and descriptive analysis of the phenomenon.
The Workshop depicts this theoretical turn as the evolution of research interest from the diffusion of practices to practices of diffusion. The formula is suggestive as it also catches the nowadays research interest in diffusion as a social phenomenon in itself, and not just as one of the stages within a sequential process. The Workshop wishes to discuss and reconsider these theoretical developments on the basis of diffusion studies pertaining to the circulation of ideas, rules, procedures, regulations, classification systems and standards in culture, law and economy. The research of practices diffusion across organizations and legal systems evolved from the study of diffusion paths and means to the content and form of the ideas circulating. In addition to these developments, the Workshop also aims to consider diffusion processes at various levels of formalization, unsuccessful circulation processes, as well as efforts aimed at curbing the spread of certain practices and regulations.
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