Between Stability and Instability: Using ANT and ANTa as analytical perspectives telling information technology stories

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Pirjo Elovaara
Title: Between Stability and Instability: Using ANT and ANTa as analytical perspectives telling information technology stories
Journal: International Journal of Feminist Technoscience
Year: 2007
Volume: 2
ISSN: 1654-6792
Publisher: BTH/Teknovetenskapliga studier
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tks.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: pirjo.elovaara@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: This article has its background in the criticism, initiated above all by Bruno Latour and John Law in the end of the 1990s, against the current state of Actor-Network Theory (ANT). The first aim of the article is to see how the ANT approach relates to the notions of stability and instability when taking the starting point from the network construction and using the network based vocabulary in analysing the empirical material. What is empirically possible to tell by using ANT? Are there limitations and limits of the ANT based narratives?
The second aim of the article is to see how the later development of ANT, sometimes called Actor-Network Theory and After (ANTa) , responds to the ANT criticism and if it can offer an alternative analytical approach to the traditional ANT. Are ANTa stories different than ANT stories? Can the ANTa perspective resolve the possible limits and limitations of ANT? How does the ANTa perspective discuss and relate to the issues of stability and instability? I will make an effort to bring together the same empirical material as in the ANT based analysis and in a reflexive manner analyse the same empirical material.
Subject: Technoscience Studies\General
Note: http://feministtechnoscience.se/2007/02/ Open Peer Review model
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