In this thought-provoking and engaging book, Mike Michael brings us a powerful overview of Actor-Network Theory. Covering a breadth of topics, Michael demonstrates how ANT has become a major theoretical framework, influencing scholarly work across a range of fields. Critical and playful, this book fills a notable gap in the literature as Michael expertly explicates the theory and demonstrates how its key concepts can be applied. Comparing and contrasting ANT with other social scientific perspectives, Michael provides a robust and reflexive account of its analytic and empirical promise. A perfect companion for any student of Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Geography, Management & Organisation Studies, Media & Communication, and Cultural Studies.
On Some Post-ANTs
Over the course of the last three chapters, we have documented a few of the ways in which ANT has been transported, translated and traduced as it has been applied to various case studies, criticized on numerous grounds, and combined with diverse approaches. Out of the more or less cogent early articulations of ANT we have glimpsed the complex unfolding of a nexus of practices, concerns, accounts that can loosely be brought under the umbrella term ‘post-ANT’. At the same time, Latour (2013) has latterly argued that something of ANT is retained: for all the current heterogeneity that comprises post-ANT, a little ‘essence’ of ANT remains, even if it manifests itself as something different every time it appears. In ...