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Title: Disassembling actor-network theory
Authors: Elder-Vass, Dave
Keywords: Assemblages
Actor-network theory
Critical realism
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Sage (© The Author 2014)
Citation: ELDER-VASS, D., 2015. Disassembling actor-network theory. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 45 (1), pp.100-121.
Abstract: One of the strikingly iconoclastic features of actor-network theory is its juxtaposition of the claim to be a realist perspective with denials that supposedly natural phenomena existed before scientists “made them up”. This paper explains and criticises such arguments in the work of Bruno Latour. By combining referent and reference in the concept of assemblages, Latour provides a superficially viable way to reconcile these apparently incompatible claims. This paper will argue, however, that this conflation of referent and reference leads Latour’s ontology into difficulties that can only be resolved by abandoning it in favour of a more conventional – critical – realism.
Description: The final published version of this paper can be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393114525858
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0048393114525858
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17424
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393114525858
ISSN: 0048-3931
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