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Approaches to Human Geography is the essential student primer on theory and practice in Human Geography. It is a systematic review of the key ideas and debates informing post-war geography, explaining how those ideas work in practice. Avoiding jargon - while attentive to the rigor and complexity of the ideas that underlie geographic knowledge – the text is written for students who have not met philosophical or theoretical approaches before. This is a beginning guide to geographic research and practice.
Chapter 11: Actor-Network Theory, Networks, and Relational Approaches in Human Geography
Actor-Network Theory, Networks, and Relational Approaches in Human Geography
What is Actor-Network Theory?
There are many ways to describe actor-network theory (ANT) and much has been written about the perspective in recent years. ANT is an approach to sociology that has its origins in studies of the sociology of science and technology, mostly associated with the work of Bruno Latour, John Law, and Michel Callon, among many others, beginning in 1980s. ANT is about uncovering and tracing the many connections and relations among a variety of actors (human, non-human, material, discursive) that allow particular actors, events and processes to become what they are. The original concern of ANT was with understanding the construction of scientific knowledge as ...