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Actor Network Theory (ANT)

Actor Network Theory (ANT)
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Copyright: 2019
Pages: 21
Source title: Social Partnership and Governance Under Crises
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carol Nelson (University of the West Indies, Jamaica)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8961-7.ch005


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Actor network theory (ANT) or the “sociology of translation,” is introduced, being a systematic way to explain the mechanics and dynamics of relational interactions, within networks. The unique ontology of ANT equates human and non-human systems thereby conferring the MOU social partnership agreement with the status of an actor. The text within the MOU Agreement as an intermediary becomes the inscription, enabling the agreement to obtain having a discourse of its own and the capacity to attain a “black box” status within the network of relations that it creates for itself. ANT's strengths and weaknesses, critiques and value are highlighted as well as its suitability to be used to analyse network relations partnering with critical discourse analysis methodology.

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