Reassembling the Social

Book Name : Reassembling the Social_x000D_
An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory

By by Bruno Latour

Sub Title : An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory

Written by : by Bruno Latour

Subject Category : Academic Psychology & Psychiatry

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Reassembling the Social is a fundamental challenge from one of the world's leading social theorists to how we understand society and the 'social'.Bruno Latour's contention is that the word 'social', as used by Social Scientists, has become laden with assumptions to the point where it has become misnomer. When the adjective is applied to a phenomenon, it is used to indicate a stablilized state of affairs, a bundle of ties that in due course may be used to account for another phenomenon. But Latour also finds the word used as if it described a type of material, in a comparable way to an adjective such as 'wooden' or 'steely'. Rather thansimply indicating what is already assembled together, it is now used in a way that makes assumptions about the nature of what is assembled. It has become a word that designates two distinct things: a process of assembling; and a type of material, distinct from others.Latour shows why 'the social' cannot be thought of as a kind of material or domain, and disputes attempts to provide a 'social explanations' of other states of affairs. While these attempts have been productive (and probably necessary) in the past, the very success of the social sciences mean that they are largely no longer so. At the present stage it is no longer possible to inspect the precise constituents entering the social domain.Latour returns to the original meaning of 'the social' to redefine the notion, and allow it to trace connections again. It will then be possible to resume the traditional goal of the social sciences, but using more refined tools. Drawing on his extensive work examining the 'assemblages' of nature, Latour finds it necessary to scrutinize thoroughly the exact content of what is assembled under the umbrella of Society.This approach, a 'sociology of associations', has become known as Actor-Network-Theory, and this book is an essential introduction both for those seeking to understand Actor-Network Theory, or the ideas of one of its most influential proponents. OUP Oxford; July 2005 ISBN 9780191531262 Read online, or download in secure PDF format Title: Reassembling the Social Author: Bruno Latour Imprint: OUP Oxford Subject categories Academic Psychology & Psychiatry > Psychotherapy > Group Psychology & Psychiatry > Industrial & Organizational Psychology Business > Organizational Behavior Philosophy > Political Social Sciences Sociology > Social structure Social Science > Sociology ISBNs 019153126X 9780199256044 9780191531262 In The Press This book makes ANT accessible and therefore a great resource for any student wishing to learn the language and ways of ANT. About The Author Bruno Latour is a professor at Sciences-Po, Paris. Having been trained as a philosopher, then an anthropologist, Bruno Latour specialized in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work, and published works on philosophy, history, sociology, and the anthropology of science. He is the author of Laboratory Life (Princeton University Press), We Have Never Been Modern (Harvard University Press), and Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality ofScience Studies (Harvard University Press).

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Bruno Latour is a professor at Sciences-Po, Paris. Having been trained as a philosopher, then an anthropologist, Bruno Latour specialized in the analysis of scientists and engineers at work, and published works on philosophy, history, sociology, and the anthropology of science. He is the author of Laboratory Life (Princeton University Press), We Have Never Been Modern (Harvard University Press), and Pandora's Hope: Essays in the Reality ofScience Studies (Harvard University Press).

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Academic Psychology & Psychiatry - Psychotherapy - Group Psychology & Psychiatry - Industrial & Organizational Psychology Business - Organizational Behavior Philosophy - Political Social Sciences Sociology - Social structure Social Science - Sociology

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019153126X - 9780199256044 - 9780191531262

In The Press:

This book makes ANT accessible and therefore a great resource for any student wishing to learn the language and ways of ANT.

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OUP Oxford

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