Actor-network theory ANT is a methodology developed in the s by scholars working primarily in the sociology of science and technology. It is a novel approach as it attempts to redefine actors not so much as willful or intentional agents but instead as any entity—human or nonhuman—that in some way influences or perturbs the activity of a techno-social system. Well into the 21st century, practitioners have both embraced and critiqued ANT, but it remains a useful form of inquiry. You do not currently have access to this article. Please login to access the full content.
Actor-Network Theory: A Literature Review
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Actor-Network Theory is a theoretical and methodological approach that sees all social phenomena as the product of network interactions. It is unique in that it recognizes both objects and technologies as network nodes equal with human actants. While the scope of its analysis is somewhat limited, it is uniquely well suited to disassembling our relationships and interactions with new technologies. ANT takes technology as equal interlocutor to humans, and thus provides a lens through which to analyze where a user and a technology sit in relation to each other but also in relation to a larger network of materials and people. It discourages essentialism with regards to larger social constructs, and instead encourages the deconstruction of "black-boxed" networks and examination of how technologies are changed by their context Law It is a material-semiotic approach in that it acknowledges and seeks to map how objects and meaning are intertwined.
Actor-Network Theory (ANT)
Latour was already on the map from the first week when I mapped Rickert. However, I added Actor-Network theory in blue. Then I added smaller nodes to Latour that were focused specifically on discussions in his book: actor and the ability for actors to speak for themselves , intermediaries and mediators, tracing of associations, that ANT privileges narratives. Intro to OoS: World of Warcraft, specifically focused on the user interface. Describe theorists and theories.
Lise Nederland Justesen , Jan Mouritsen. N2 - Purpose — This paper aims to discuss how Bruno Latour's version of actor-network theory has influenced accounting research. It also seeks to show that Latour's writings contain unexplored potential that may inspire future accounting research.