Writing Reflexively: Lessons from ANT

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Installing (Social) Order

Qualitative Sociology is producing a special issue about using ANT to write-up qualitative results.

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Original from “Acting Man” at http://www.acting-man.com/?p=24647

One of the papers in now available on-line first, which is our paper about writing reflexive accounts from an actor-network approach (not actor-network theory). We had fun writing it, and, once you get toward the end, you’ll see that this paper is somewhat unorthodox …

Our title:

Beware of Allies! Notes on Analytical Hygiene in Actor-Network Account-making

Our abstract:

In science and technology studies (STS), reflexivity is not the foremost political or ethical concern that it is for some postmodernists, feminists, anthropologists, or those earnest students of Bourdieu. For us, reflexivity is a practical methodological concern. When reflexivity is raised in our scholarly communications it is, without irony, about crafting scientific communication (i.e., scholarly accounts like articles or books) reflexively. This paper therefore is an actor-network account of making reflexive…

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2 Responses to “Writing Reflexively: Lessons from ANT”

  1. Nicholas Says:

    I should thank Gianpaolo Baiocchi (New York University), Diana Graizbord (Brown University), and Michael-Rodríguez-Muñiz (Brown University) for putting together the special issue and for giving us the freedom to write … well, that paper.

  2. Nicholas Says:

    The issue is going to be outstanding, a credit to the hard work of the three scholars named above. Contributors include: 1. Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Diana Graizbord, and Michael-Rodríguez-Muñiz writing the introduction, which is like a biography of the process of creating a special issue (awesome!); 2. Wendy Griswold, Genna Mangione and Terrence McDonnell square ANT with the sociology of culture; 3. Michael Guggenheim shows us the limits of ANT for such purposes; 4. C.W. Anderson and Daniel Kreiss look at how political entities are performed, and examines the problems with ANT and politics; 5. Isaac Marrero-Guillamón looks at urban conflicts from ANT perspective; 6. Catherine Bliss prepares a piece on ANT, race, and genomics; 7. There is our piece; and 8. John Law and Vicky Singleton make some sweet postmodern music in the final piece with an ethnography of Norwegian Salmon fishing. In all, a great collection.

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