- What is Actor-Network Theory? Contributes from Bardini, Goguen, Hanseth, Risen, Lemke, Bowker & Star, Callon, Frohmann, Keele, Miettinen, Van House, Sidorova & Sarker, elaborated by Martin Ryder, on July 2003.
- John Law and John Hassard (eds) (1999), Actor Network Theory and After
"In this note I start by exploring the metaphor of heterogeneous network. This lies at the heart of actor-network theory, and is a way of suggesting that society, organisations, agents and machines are all effects generated in patterned networks of diverse (not simply human) materials." (p.2)
- Actor-Network Theory Resources, Centre for Science Studies, County College South, Lancaster University, UK.
- Bill Doolin & Alan Lowe (2002), To reveal is to critique: actor-network theory and critical information systems research. Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 17 (2):
"Despite its relativist ontology, actor-network theory places a strong emphasis on empirical inquiry and this paper argues that actor-network theory, with its careful tracing and recording of heterogeneous networks, is well suited to the generation of detailed and contextual empirical knowledge about IS. The intention in this paper is to explore the relevance of IS research informed by actor-network theory in the pursuit of a broader critical research project as defined in earlier work."
Other related readings:
- Boundary Objects - Bowker, G. C., & Star, S. L. (1999). Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press:
"... are those objects that both inhabit several communities of practice and satisfy the informational requirements of each of them. Boundary objects are thus both plastic enough to adapt to local needs and constraints of the several parties employing them, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across sites. They are weakly structured in common use and become strongly structured in individual-site use. These objects may be abstract or concrete... Such objects have different meanings in different social worlds but their structure is common enough to more than one world to make them recognizable, a means of translation. The creation and management of boundary objects is a key process in developing and maintaining coherence across intersecting communities." (Bowker & Star, 1999 pg. 297)
- Geraldine Fitzpatrick, William J. Tolone and Simon M. Kaplan (1995), Work, Locales and Distributed Social Worlds. Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, September 10-14, Stockholm, Sweden. H. Marmolin, Y. Sundblad, and K. Schmidt (Editors), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 1-16.
... and something offtopic about tagging, folksonomies, and ANT (Actor Network Theory) in a paper by Adam Mathes (2004), Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata:
"After examining the other sites the user tagged with ANT, it was apparent this was an acronym for "Actor Network Theory," in the domain of sociology. However, when examining the ANT tag across all users (Delicious apparently is not case sensitive in tags) most of the bookmarks were about Apache Ant, a project building tool in the Java programming language. Two completely separate domains and ideas are mixed together in the same tag." (p.5)
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