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  1. Jan 2019
    1. actor network theor

      Actors (human or otherwise) function together in systems (networks), and those systems must be observed and described rather than "explained": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actor%E2%80%93network_theory

      The notion that a system should be examined prior to bringing in theories and frameworks is also one held by the qualitative research approach called grounded theory (a theory grounded in observed data).

  2. Dec 2018
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  4. Sep 2017
    1. 1) all the desirable components of ANT, the philosophical ‘goodies’, merely ‘rehearse themes which have already been discussed at length in the Hegelian Marxist tradition’; 2) ANT has (problematically) abandoned the notion of Totality, ‘large-scale structure’ and power structures, and that such abandonment is based on the assumption ‘that all ill originates in universal, objectivist, totalizing master-narratives’ and; 3) that ‘any intellectual tradition which sincerely strives to be emancipatory can ill afford to do away with the idea of the human being’.
  5. Apr 2017
  6. Sep 2016
    1. Rather, actor-network theory is more about how we are within a process. While we may not be conscious of the networks we inhabit, we are aware of the networks through a kind of embodied knowledge that is reflected in our behavioral adjustments.

      The idea being to become conscious? I read this as ontological.

  7. Jun 2016
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  9. Apr 2016
    1. This principle is, I will show, a convenient fiction in this new work, enabling the philosopher to hear the call of things and to speak to and for them, despite the new rule that we cannot think of objects as being-for-us and must reject older philosophies smacking of “presence” and traditional ontology or ontotheology.

      The heart of the critique.

    2. according to the new line of thinking, objects should be recognized for their indifference to us, for the sorts of things they do behind our backs, and for the ways in which they “are” behind appear-ances
  10. May 2015
    1. Durability after foundations

      2 types: Material & strategic.

    2. This study displays all the ingredients of actor network theory 1990. There is semiotic relationality (it’s a network whose elements defi ne and shape one another), heterogeneity (there are different kinds of actors, human and otherwise), and mate- riality (stuff is there aplenty, not just “the social”). There is an insistence on process and its precariousness (all elements need to play their part moment by moment or it all comes unstuck). There is attention to power as an effect (it is a function of network confi guration and in particular the creation of immutable mobiles), to space and to scale (how it is that networks extend themselves and translate distant actors). New for actor network theory, there is an interest in large-scale political history. And, crucially, it is a study of how the Portuguese network worked: how it held together; how it shaped its components; how it made a center and peripher- ies; in short, of how differences were generated in a semiotic relational logi

      Ingredients of ANT

    3. t can also be understood as an empirical version of Gilles Deleuze’s nomadic philosophy (Deleuze and Guattari 1988).


    4. All of which were the effects of a set of materially heterogeneous relations

      D&G make a related point about Hume (?)

    5. actor network theory can also be understood as an empirical version of poststructuralism.

      This is interesting?

    6. materially heterogeneous relations analyzed with semiotic tools; a sym- metrical indifference to the truth or otherwise of what it is looking at; concern with the productivity of practice; an interest in circulation; and the predisposition to exemplary case studies

      Signatures of ANT

    7. t is obvious to most engineers that systems are made not simply of technical bits and pieces but also include peopl

      This is obvious, so the opposite (social networks include tech) should also be.

    8. A tiny handful of these suggestions subsequently get trans- muted into the much harder statements about nature that circulate in scientifi c papers (“the fi gures in the table show . . .

      How scientific truth claims begin as vague observations.

    9. it is better to talk of “material semiotics” rather than “actor network theory.”

      Latour, apparently, prefers calling it "ant" rather than spelling it out in full

    10. A paradigm can be understood, they said, as a culture .
    11. Second, the actor network approach is not a theory. Theories usually try to explain why something happens, but actor network theory is descriptive rather than foundational in explanatory terms, which means that it is a disappointment for those seeking strong accounts

      Not a theory. Describes, does not explain.

    12. Actor network theory is a disparate family of material-semiotic tools, sensibilities, and methods of analysis that treat everything in the social and natural worlds as a continuously generated effect of the webs of relations within which they are located.

      ANT is not a single thing



  11. Oct 2013
    1. If we want to understand how social structures, let alone put ourselves in a position to take control of them (that is, to “reassemble” them) we must dispose of the assumption that the local is explained by the global, and start tracing the process by which the local GENERATES global structures


    2. Traditional sociologists start with a macro-scale entity or force–”society” or “culture”–that they then use to explain myriad local interactions.

      Bruno Latour reassembling the knowledge