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Reassembling the social : an introduction to actor-network-theory

Author: Bruno Latour
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Clarendon lectures in management studies.
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Reassembling the Social is a fundamental challenge from one of the world's leading social theorists to how we understand society and the 'social'. Bruno Latour's contention is that the word 'social' as used by Social Scientists has become laden with assumptions to the point where it has become a misnomer. When the adjective is applied to a phenomenon, it is used to indicate a stabilized state of affairs, a bundle of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruno Latour
ISBN: 0199256047 9780199256044 0199256055 9780199256051
OCLC Number: 58054359
Description: x, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: How to resume the task of tracing associations --
pt. 1. How to deploy controversies about the social world. Learning to feed from controversies ; First source of uncertainty : no group, only group formation ; Second source of uncertainty : action is overtaken ; Third source of uncertainty : objects too have agency ; Fourth source of uncertainty : matters of fact vs. matters of concern ; Fifth source of uncertainty : writing down risky accounts ; On the difficulty of being an ANT : an interlude in form of a dialog --
pt. 2. How to render associations traceable again. Why is it so difficult to trace the social? ; How to keep the social flat ; First move : localizing the global ; Second move : redistributing the local ; Third move : connecting sites ; Conclusion: From society to collective - can the social be reassembled?
Series Title: Clarendon lectures in management studies.
Responsibility: Bruno Latour.
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Talks about the relationship between people, science, and technology. Here, the author, who is a world famous French sociologist, sets out his own ideas about Actor Network Theory and its relevance  Read more...

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This book makes ANT accessible and therefore a great resource for any student wishing to learn the language and ways of ANT. Gabrielle Durepos

 
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