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Is actor network theory critique?

Whittle, Andrea and Spicer, Andre 2008. Is actor network theory critique? Organization Studies 29 (4) , pp. 611-629. 10.1177/0170840607082223

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Abstract

In this essay we debate the extent to which Actor Network Theory (ANT) provides a meaningful contribution to the body of critical theories of organization. Critical approaches are commonly associated with a denaturalizing ontology, a reflexive epistemology and an anti-performative politics. In contrast, we suggest that ANT relies on a naturalizing ontology, an un-reflexive epistemology and a performative politics. This does not completely dismiss ANT as a useful approach to studying organizations. It does however question the contribution of ANT to developing a critical theory of organization.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Actor Network Theory ; Critical theory ; Organization theory
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0170-8406
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19039

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