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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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In other words, rather than viewing each as a separate bound entity, I was able to examine the phenomena as dynamic intra-action and agential cuts in their continuous production and entanglement.
The utility of collectively analysing Butler and Barad allows us to focus on the smaller moments of negotiation and of agential action, which, despite the 'smallness' of these moments of personal resistance, are nonetheless meaningful challenges to the normative interpretations of success.
Incorporating a dimension that is both structural and agential, it also sheds light on the limits of hegemonic projects, their transformation and development of new ones.
This doubt must also be accompanied by effective strategizing that takes seriously questions of class as the basis of cultural forms that create the conditions for consent, the importance of agential action of organic intellectuals, and also the unpredictable but conceivable tendencies of history to materialize.
In "Vibrancy of Childhood Things: Power, Philosophy, and Political Ecology of Matter," Tesar and Arndt (2016) theorize current materialist perspectives in early childhood through the agential power of "thing-matter-energy-child assemblages" (p.
Therefore, while a few women first attributed work success (or failure) to their own agential choices, implicit and explicit in their narratives were a range of social relationships that positively and negatively affected their autonomy.
Diffraction disturbs the idea of linear or static connections, and requires "a cutting together-apart" of relations, "where cuts do violence but also open up and rework the agential conditions of possibility" (Dolphijn & van der Tuin 2012).
Versioning is an exercise in agential self-creation that exploits the pseudo-anonymous affordances of social media and provides a space for the performance of multiple, virtual selves.
Stacy Alaimo, Karen Barad and other scholars who identify with the recent "material turn" in contemporary critical theory argue against the humanist tendency to cast nature as passive background devoid of political and ethical relevance, and instead they insist that nature be considered an agential force in the ongoing material-discursive configuration of the world.
Excepting the most talented and successful individuals, most of us would probably find our agential reserves tapped fairly quickly if our own past and future were all that was involved in the process of hope, and indeed, this seems to be what has happened to many working on issues surrounding climate change.
The reason for this is that these interpretations fail to employ a perception of the child concomitant with their reality: agential, rights-bearing children.