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Agency without Actors?: New Approaches to Collective Action by Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier

By Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Birgit Peuker, Michael Schillmeier

The query of enterprise is a key factor in social concept and examine. The discourse of human corporation as an impact of social kin is deeply intertwined with the heritage of sociological proposal. even if, in most modern discussions the function of non-humans profits a considerable effect bearing on company. Agency with out Actors? New methods to Collective motion asks: Are nonhumans lively, have they got business enterprise? And if that is so: how and within which diversified ways?

Consequently, Agency with no Actors? New methods to Collective motion
• outlines a variety of novel money owed that hyperlink human and non-human agency
• attempts to appreciate social-technical, political and environmental networks as diversified kinds of corporation that produce discrete and identifiable entities
• asks how kinds of (often conflicting) supplier and brokers are amazing in perform, how they're maintained and the way they intervene with each one other.

By learning the enormous influence of the position of non-humans in reference to human family members, the ebook goals to develop the discourse on business enterprise and investigates into the several attainable modes of human and nonhuman interaction. This booklet is vital studying for college kids and students of sociology, technology and expertise reviews, social anthropology, animal stories, environmental reports and social conception.

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Stronge and M. Michael everyday experience. On the one hand, a multitude of possible alternatives are clearly blocked or excluded by the adoption of any given suggestion. It might have been otherwise. On the other hand, no suggestion, insofar as it remains one, can be regarded as absolutely binding. ” So, although we may well struggle to locate it precisely, even in hindsight, there is surely an agential cut happening here – a moment, or at least a threshold, of decision. How, therefore, might we begin to integrate these musings into an account of agency that does fuller justice to the contrast (or better, the involution) between telos and potential?

From this perspective, agency opens itself up to being reconfigured conceptually as that which saves reason (and also in a way, ironically enough, structure) from excessive or absolute indeterminacy, as a site of responsibility and decision. The amodern mobilisation of the concept, as exemplified, for instance, by Actor–Network Theory (Latour 2005), reaffirms the ability of participants and observers to temporarily freeze the free flow of materials, affects and powers in tracing an event as a figure standing out against a ground.

In addition, our attendance to the complexity of PS’s anecdote rests largely on a comparison with an absent present, namely MM’s own anecdote – now consigned to the footnotes for reference – which was itself prompted by PS’s initial suggestion of his bicycle accident as a possible example. So, through the tortuous enfolding of suggestion and satisfaction, this footnoted (“undersided”) anecdote may be attributed a privileged role in the emergence of our analytic. Concluding remarks In this chapter we have attended to an emergent amodern vocabulary that has, in various and properly disparate ways, attempted to suggest alternative means of thinking agency (and the nexus of concepts within which it is bound).

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