Actor-Network-Theory and Its Applicability in the "Global" South

Monday, July 14, 2014: 11:00 AM
Room: Booth 68
Oral Presentation
Rene UMLAUF , Development Sociology, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Stefan HÖHNE , Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Within the last decade Actor-Network Theory (ANT) has received increasing attention but was mainly applied to phenomena in “Western” societies. The paper starts with a revision of the view studies that applied ANT assumptions to human-nonhuman relations in non-western contexts. Through a critical discussion we try to probe ANTs compatibility with large-scale socio-political claims implicit in modernity theory.