Diasporas and transitions in actor-network theory

Blanca Callén, Miquel Domènech, Daniel López, Israel Rodríguez, Tomás Sánchez-Criado, Francisco Tirado

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This paper is an introduction to the monograph titled Diasporas and Transitions in the Actor-Network Theory. Drawing a parallel with ethnomethodology, its pages present the main features of this theory, a way to figure out its origins and a description of its present. The text ends with a brief look at the state of art of actor-network theory in Spain and an appraisal of a meeting titled Present and Future of Actor-Network Theory, which is the origin of our monograph. In this paper we put forward a very simple idea: Actor-Network Theory was born with certain relevance in Social Sciences when it diffracted in a myriad of different uses and applications. The main corollary of such an idea is also straightforward: the very difference between Actor-Network Theory and other perspectives in Social Sciences resides in the permanent diaspora and transition of the former.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
JournalAthenea Digital: Revista de Pensamiento e Investigacion Social
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2011


  • Actor-network theory
  • Diaspora
  • Transition


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