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agent

a person representing a business concern, esp a travelling salesman

Agent

 

in Soviet civil law, a party in a contract of agency. The agent’s duties include the performance of specified legal acts, for example, contracts of sale and management of property, in the name of and on the account of a principal party. The agent may be a legally competent (sui juris) citizen or a legal person (if this is allowed by the latter’s charter or statute). The actions performed by the agent directly generate, change, or extinguish rights and obligations of the principal.

The agent is bound to perform the agency in exact conformity with the principal’s instructions, carry out the agency personally, although in instances provided for by law the responsibilities may be transferred to another person (art. 68 of the RSFSR Civil Code), inform the principal upon demand of progress in performing the agency, submit a report on performance of the agency, and transfer to the principal any property obtained in connection with performance of the agency.

agent

One who is empowered to enter into binding transactions on behalf of another (usually called the principal).

agent

(networking)
In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase "intelligent agent" it implies some kind of automatic process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.

agent

A software routine that waits in the background and performs an action when a specified event occurs. For example, agents could transmit a summary file on the first day of the month or monitor incoming data and alert the user when a certain transaction has arrived. Agents are also called "intelligent agents," "personal agents" and "bots." See mobile agent, bot and workflow.
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One of the purposes of using diffractive readings is that they make visible the agential forces of things (in this case especially the digital cameras) as well as the ones performed by humans (in this case especially the children) (Barad, 2007, 2014; Haraway, 1992, 1997).
The progressive and the agential are not always tied in to technological advancements.
Finally, by focusing on the interplay between the distinctive agential characteristics of these small actors and the idiosyncratic structural context in which they are acting, our broader empirical contribution involves an explanation of how the pronounced dysfunctions that have bedeviled FIFA are ultimately an outcome of the pathological institutional structures of the organization itself.
His parenthetical, "(the survival of the fittest, no doubt--all the frailer samples dropt, sorted out by death)," draws on the discourse of Spencerian social evolution and circumscribes indigenous peoples--with the exception of those "most wonderful proofs of what Nature can produce"--to the site of inevitable decline and death; indeed, evolution is the agential figure here who "sorts out" the "frailer samples" rather than the realities of settler colonialism, the conquest of land, and biopolitical imperialism.
In part, I think many of us writing on Shakespeare have been guilty of a rhetorical flourish, or a peroration that makes very large claims indeed for the critical object in hand: Shakespeare as an agential force; Shakespeare's affective resonance on us; or as a gift of freedom; or as the "apex predator." (37) Shakespeare functions as a type of self-validation for the critic.
Where Tan approaches literature as an agential and exemplary act of critical resistance to cultural norms, Berlant helps us to see the body as a site where the state's disciplinary techniques register in and through individual actions--which include the composition of imaginative literature.
Historically, resistance has been theorized as political, agential, and active.
(26) Hegemony (defined both as a structural as well as an agential concept) is therefore a necessary feature of all modern societies due to the existence of class conflict and the need for social cohesion.
Effectively, this is a denial of political agency, as agential control is inevitably compromised when a person fails to see herself as an agent.
Put another way, here Gramsci was writing in the spirit of Marx's German Ideology (which it must be remembered was not published until after Gramsci's death) that a body of ideas had to take into account both the material and cultural forms at the level of agential action (Marx, 1969[1845]).
Our critical revisiting also revealed the agential nature of the children in their intra-actions with materials, the outdoor environment, each other, and their educators.