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Actor–Network Theory

By: Dave Elder-Vass | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   4 | DOI: |
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Actor–network theory (ANT) is a philosophical approach to the social sciences that encourages researchers to analyse events as the outcomes of interacting and unstable networks of associations. It has attracted considerable attention in the social sciences since the late 1980s and influenced many empirical researchers, particularly in the fields of science and technology studies and more recently in social studies of finance. Although it is neither a research method nor a methodology, like other broadly philosophical approaches to the social sciences, it does have implications for how researchers should approach social research. This entry briefly outlines some of the key features of ANT and the orientation to research that it encourages, but its primary focus is to present the strengths and weaknesses of ANT, and ...

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