Actor-network theory and material semiotics

Law, John (2008). Actor-network theory and material semiotics. In: Turner, Bryan S. ed. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, 3rd Edition. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 141–158.



This chapter describes the development of actor-network theory and feminist material semiotics by exploring case studies within STS (science and technology studies). It notes that STS (and so material semiotics) develops its theoretical approaches through empirical case studies, and notes that unless this is understood it is difficult to understand the significance of 'actor network theory' or any other STS theory or approach.

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