actor-network theory

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actor-network theory (ANT)

a recently influential approach to social theory, which combines post-structuralist insights with detailed empirical study of science/ technologies, organizations and social processes. Its method is to 'S um up' interactions as ‘local’ and ‘practical’. Building especially on the work of Bruno Latour (see Latour, ‘On Recalling ANT’ in J. Law and J. Hassard (eds) Actor Network Theory and After, 1999) , the focus of ANT is on the reality‘/‘transformability’ of ‘networks’, as against such notions as ‘institution’ or 'S ociety’. Its conception of the social is as a circulatory ‘field of forces’ beyond the agency-structure debate.
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El Sawy's work revolved around the Actor Network Theory, which studies non-social factors to better understand social situations.
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In addition, they recommend Actor Network Theory as a methodology to understand and assess more quality-based global education projects that integrate regional advantages, labor, and international mobility.
Actor Network Theory (and After) and Critical Management Studies: Contributions to the Politics of Organising.
The theoretical foundation of the study utilized Actor Network Theory (ANT).
From an Actor Network Theory perspective, the technology had the power to shape the experience as the participants mediated it in the pursuit of an aesthetic experience.
Using a theoretical framework that combines a center-periphery model with Bruno Latour's (2005) Actor Network Theory (ANT), Kruse suggests that a combination of economic and political motivations sustained British mining interests in Spitsbergen during that period.
As I read Professor Stanbridge description, aspects of modern Actor Network Theory (cf.
Actor Network Theory is an early variant of the general approach now commonly known as STS.
A number of tracks had a conceptual focus such as the track on the capability approach and another on actor network theory.
The book is underpinned by an engagement with ideas of actor network theory, suggesting that "social categories should not be approached as obdurate macro-structures; rather, they should be seen as the contingent assemblage of networks" (Anderson, 2013, p.
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