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Actor-Network Theory: Old and New Roots
Actor-Network Theory: Old and New Roots

While ANT has gained purchase in a number of fields, its roots nevertheless can be traced primarily back to the social studies of science. However, this is more of a multidiscipline than a discipline, drawing on various social scientific and philosophical traditions, and extending across numerous empirical areas. Moreover, the pioneers of ANT were not averse to drawing in other intellectual sources, not least from continental philosophy. As such, the intellectual roots of ANT are rather tangled, incorporating, for instance, Marxian, social constructionist and ethnomethodological traditions in sociology; the influence of Whitehead, Kuhn, Serres and Foucault from history and philosophy; elements of Greimas and arguably Barthes from semiotics. Inevitably, some lineages are more ...

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