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Main Title: Symmetrical twins: On the relationship between Actor-Network theory and the sociology of critical capacities
Author(s): Guggenheim, Michael
Potthast, Jörg
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: This article explores the elective affinities between Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and the sociology of critical capacities. It argues that these two research programmes can be understood as symmetrical twins. We show the extent to which the exchange between Bruno Latour and Luc Boltanski has influenced their respective theoretical developments. Three strong encounters between the twin research programmes may be distinguished. The first encounter concerns explanations for social change. The second encounter focuses on the status of objects and their relationship to places. The third encounter is about the concept of critique. Drawing on their long-term mutual readings, we gain insight into how pleas for symmetrical analysis raised in response to Bourdieu’s theory of fields have evolved within both ANT and the sociology of critical capacity. We conclude by relating the development of the respective research programmes to the issue of disciplinary boundaries.
Issue Date: 2012
Date Available: 8-Jan-2019
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Subject(s): actor-network theory
new pragmatic sociology
sociology of critical capacities
Journal Title: European Journal of Social Theory
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publisher Place: Washington, DC
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/1368431011423601
Page Start: 157
Page End: 178
EISSN: 1461-7137
ISSN: 1368-4310
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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