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Is Actor Network Theory Critique?

Whittle, A. & Spicer, A. (2008). Is Actor Network Theory Critique?. Organization Studies, 29(4), pp. 611-629. doi: 10.1177/0170840607082223


In this essai we debate the extent to which Actor Network Theory (ANT) provides a meaningful contribution to the body of critical theories of organization. Critical approaches are commonly associated with a denaturalizing ontology, a reflexive epistemology and an anti-performative politics. In contrast, we suggest that ANT relies on a naturalizing ontology, an un-reflexive epistemology and a performative politics. This does not completely dismiss ANT as a useful approach to studying organizations. It does however question the contribution of ANT to developing a critical theory of organization.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2008
Publisher Keywords: Actor Network Theory, critical theory, organization theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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