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‘Classical’ Actor-Network Theory
‘Classical’ Actor-Network Theory
Introduction

In this chapter, we outline actor-network theory in its initial – ‘classical’ – iterations. In some ways this is not such a difficult task. There are a series of generally recognized ‘key texts’ that have been central in delineating the ‘core’ features of ANT. Having said that, and as noted in the previous chapter, ANT has been anything but static – its original advocates, as well as later spokespersons, have responded to a series of criticisms, and engaged in new empirical studies, that have nuanced and broadened ANT. The upshot is that drawing a line around ‘classical’ ANT is perhaps more difficult than might at first appear. In any case, there are enough divergences to suggest there will be ...

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