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Chapter 4: Actor-Networks in Science
Actor-Networks in Science
Actor-Networks and Enrolment
In important ways Actor-Network Theory (ANT) resists summary. It did not set out from a fundamental and unchanging programmatic statement in the way that the Strong Programme or EPOR did. Moreover, Latour's leading methodological injunction is to ‘follow scientists around’ (1987: 97), which sounds attractively simple but is also beguilingly vague. Worse still, ANT is a conspicuously moving target. The two authors principally responsible for this approach, Latour and Callon, have followed by no means identical intellectual trajectories and they have responded to some critics by insisting that the work addressed in the critiques was not representative (Callon and Latour, 1992: 344; this was a response to Collins and Yearley 1992a). As one of those criticised critics (see ...