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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Among their topics are examining high school English language learner teacher agency: opportunities and constraints, using actor-network theory to problematize agency and identity formation of Filipino teachers in Japan, English language teachers' agency and identity mediated through action research: a Vygotskian sociocultural analysis, language teacher agency: a critical realist perspective, and volunteer teacher agency in a church-based English as a Second Language program: an ethnography.
As a long-time enthusiast for actor-network theory, I found McElwee's approach a valuable exemplar of how STS's attention to the interactions between social and material realms can strengthen policy studies and political ecology.
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An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory (2005), Latour discusses how the concept of work-net originates from the Actor-Network method, an approach to social theory that describes both things and human beings as actors in networks, which are always engaged in processes of change and transference.
(2) This post-ideological approach parallels what some may call a rhetorical form of actor-network theory (see Besel 2011; Goodnight and Green 2010; Pfister 2015; Rice 2008; Stormer 2004) because it focuses on the rhetorical force of actors and avoids imposing preconceived notions of the social onto objects of criticism.
The study uses fundamentals of Actor-Network Theory (18,19) to analyze the construction of the intersectoriality in the 'healthy municipality' actions in Saire.
We use an Actor-Network Theory (ANT) definition of the actor, which is anything that "acts or to which activity is granted by others" (Latour 1996, 373).
How things 'relate' is, in no small measure, a foundational matter of concern in science and technology studies (STS), especially in the small world that I have come to inhabit, namely, the scholarly community surrounding actor-network theory (ANT).
This article conceptualises the DT story as an actor-network in order to provide a framework for studying intermedia agenda-setting.