Reassembling The Social: An Introduction To Actor-Network-Theory (Clarendon Lectures In Management Studies)
  • Reassembling The Social: An Introduction To Actor-Network-Theory (Clarendon Lectures In Management Studies)
  • Reassembling The Social: An Introduction To Actor-Network-Theory (Clarendon Lectures In Management Studies)
  • Reassembling The Social: An Introduction To Actor-Network-Theory (Clarendon Lectures In Management Studies)
ISBN: 0199256055
EAN13: 9780199256051
Language: English
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 8.98" L x 5.91" W
Weight: 1.01 lbs.
Format: Paperback

Reassembling The Social: An Introduction To Actor-Network-Theory (Clarendon Lectures In Management Studies)

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Reassembling the Social is a fundamental challenge from one of the world's leading social theorists to how we understand society and the 'social'. Bruno Latour's contention is that the word 'social' as used by Social Scientists has become laden with assumptions to the point where it has become a misnomer. When the adjective is applied to a phenomenon, it is used to indicate a stabilized state of affairs, a bundle of ties that in due course may be used to account for another phenomenon. Latour also finds the word used as if it described a type of material, in a comparable way to an adjective such as 'wooden' or 'steely'. Rather than simply indicating what is already assembled together, it is now used in a way that makes assumptions about the nature of what is assembled. It has become a word that designates two distinct things: a process of assembling: and a type of material, distinct from others. Latour shows why 'the social' cannot be thought of as a kind of material or domain, and disputes attempts to provide a 'social explanation' of other states of affairs. While these attempts have been productive (and probably necessary) in the past, the very success of the social sciences mean that they are largely no longer so. At the present stage it is no longer possible to inspect the precise Read More chevron_right

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