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ARTICLE: ON ACTOR-NETWORK THEORY


What is it?

The actor network theory, developed in part by Bruno Latour, is a social theory. It looks at the natural and social worlds and how they are composed of constantly shifting relationship networks. The theory suggests that these networks are what create our reality and that nothing exists outside of them.

Who is it for?

Educators and instructors.

What can it do?

The actor network theory looks at how smaller networks come together to act as a whole network. Different clusters of actors help to create meaning in real-time, moving and adapting as they are influenced by other clusters of actors. Anything is a possible actor, including technology, animals, and nature itself.

A further breakdown for the Actor Network Theory, as developed by Bruno Latour, can be found here.

The theory can assists people in being sensitive to terms and the often unexplored assumptions underlying them






Latour, B. (1990). On Actor-Network Theory. A few Clarfications Plus More Than a few Complications. Bruno Latour. Retrieved from http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/P-67%20ACTOR-NETWORK.pdf