In this thought-provoking and engaging book, Mike Michael brings us a powerful overview of Actor-Network Theory. Covering a breadth of topics, Michael demonstrates how ANT has become a major theoretical framework, influencing scholarly work across a range of fields. Critical and playful, this book fills a notable gap in the literature as Michael expertly explicates the theory and demonstrates how its key concepts can be applied. Comparing and contrasting ANT with other social scientific perspectives, Michael provides a robust and reflexive account of its analytic and empirical promise. A perfect companion for any student of Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Geography, Management & Organisation Studies, Media & Communication, and Cultural Studies.

On Some Disciplinary Translations of ANT

Introduction

In Chapter 1, the relation between ANT and various other disciplines briefly received comment. It was suggested that ANT has gone beyond the borders of its ‘home’ discipline of science and technology studies to impact on a number of areas including political science, geography, social psychology and anthropology. Given that each discipline is itself a fractious site with competing intellectual traditions and diverse empirical interests, the reception that ANT has received has been varied, to say the least. In this chapter, I set out to illustrate some of the more sympathetic appropriations of ANT by other disciplines. As ever, I cannot claim to be comprehensive but aim to provide indications of how ANT might be productively put to ...

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