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Chapter 5: ANT and Some Big Sociological Questions
In the last chapter, we traced a number of criticisms of ANT. As we saw, while these raised specific issues about ANT, they also held to a generally similar analytic and empirical ethos. So, while some writers were critical of the ‘managerialism’ or ‘heroism’ of actor-network accounts, they were sympathetic to ANT’s avoidance of macrosociological categories; or if exception was taken to ANT’s seeming God-eye empiricism, there would nonetheless be a shared attention to the role of the nonhuman. These criticisms are not simply a matter of nuance and, as we shall see in Chapter 7, they underpin a number of substantive changes in the intellectual shape of ANT.
However, for all its heterogeneity, ...