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.

Conclusions: Some Prospects and Some Practical Orientations

Conclusions: Some Prospects and Some Practical Orientations


In this concluding chapter, there is a brief review of the book. Into this are folded a number of regrets about some of the many byways that might have been taken. As we shall see, there were several themes, histories and empirical fields that could have been addressed but were not, or not fully enough. I also indulge in a little, albeit unsystematic, ‘horizon scanning’ – where is post-ANT heading? What new empirical fields will capture post-ANT scholars’ attention? What conceptual trends will influence ANT, and what theoretical innovations will add to its vocabulary and analytic sensibilities? Inevitably, this is an ‘enactment’ – as much a hopeful ‘performance’ as a predictive ...

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