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El Actor-actuado: la oveja de la Cumbria en 2001

Law, John and Mol, Annemarie (2008). El Actor-actuado: la oveja de la Cumbria en 2001. Política y sociedad, 45(3) pp. 75–92.

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This article, which is a translation of a paper that was originally published in English, analyses the question of agency considering the animal agency of Cumbrian sheep in the uprising of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK in 2001. The article explores the conditions required for an actor to be able to act as such. In that direction it shifts the usual meaning of the concept of actor separating it from the anthropocentric model and making it distant from the ideas of “intentionality” and “dominance” to emphasise how actors not only act, but they are habilitated and produced as such as a result of complex relations with other actors. That is, to become actors they have to be enacted. To do so, the article analyses some of the multiple forms in which Cumbrian sheep were enacted in the context of the uprising of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001. Finally the article considers what types of agency perform the Cumbrian sheep in each of them.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
ISSN: 1130-8001
Extra Information: Este artículo analiza la cuestión de la agencia considerando la agencia animal de las ovejas de la Cumbria en medio del brote de fiebre aftosa que se produjo en el Reino Unido en 2001. El artículo explora las condiciones que se requieren para que un actor pueda ser capaz de actuar como tal. Así pues se transforma el sentido habitual del concepto de actor alejándolo del modelo antropocéntrico y separándolo de las ideas de “intencionalidad” y “capacidad de control” para enfatizar cómo los actores no sólo actúan, sino que son habilitados y producidos en tanto que actores como resultado de complejas relaciones con otros actores. Es decir, para convertirse en actores, estos tienen que ser actuados como tales. Para ello el artículo analiza algunas de las múltiples formas en que las ovejas de la Cumbria fueron actuadas en el contexto del brote de fiebre aftosa en 2001 y posteriormente analiza qué tipo de agencia poseen las ovejas en cada una de éstas.

Traducción: Carmen Romero Bachiller
Keywords: actor network theory; animals; sts; science, technology and society; agency; material semiotics; agencia no intencional; actor-actuado; ovejas; fiebre aftosa; semiótica material; fluidez
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 21384
Depositing User: John Law
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 11:36
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 12:18
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