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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The study uses fundamentals of Actor-Network Theory (18,19) to analyze the construction of the intersectoriality in the 'healthy municipality' actions in Saire.
This article conceptualises the DT story as an actor-network in order to provide a framework for studying intermedia agenda-setting.
Later, the theoretical lens for this research which is the translation processes of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is described.
Indeed, ever since Sarah Whatmore observed in 2006 that cultural geographers were undergoing a turn toward materialist concerns, the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) has become heavily influenced by Actor-Network Theory (ANT), new materialisms, speculative realism, and object-oriented ontologies.
Our two paradoxes are based on insights from affordance and new medium theory as well as actor-network theory (ANT).
With the rise of actor-network theory, scholars started theorizing "nonhuman agency" to gain a better understanding of human capacities and human-nonhuman dependencies.
The relationships among human and non-human actors in the process of specialized accounting inspection, capable of boosting the performance of inspection activities by accounting professionals, can be studied from the perspective of the Actor-Network Theory.
The materialism that organizes Taking Exception to the Law and underlies many of its essays finds a guiding spirit in Bruno Latour's version of Actor-Network Theory (ANT).
Albeit their nomenclature differs [some studies are designated as actor-network studies (e.
CR is "too narrow on both political and epistemological grounds" (P&M:314); it would exclude a number of important sociological traditions such as symbolic interactionism, network theory, actor-network theory, and the sociology of culture (P&M:320).