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Critiques, Concerns and Co-Productions
Critiques, Concerns and Co-Productions
Introduction

To the extent that ANT could be said to have taken on a ‘classical’ form, this was even at the outset accompanied by a series of concerns, commentaries and criticisms. At one end of a notional scale of critique, there were those reactions that were outrightly hostile, questioning ANT’s fundamental premises, notably, the pivotal role allocated to the nonhuman and its indifference to standard sociological analytic categories. At the other end of the scale were relatively friendly rebukes which accepted ANT’s key tenets while querying, for example, the nature of the associations that ‘held’ a network together – did translations really need to be so solid and convergent? In between were accounts that pointed to major shortcomings ...

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