This companion explores ANT as an intellectual practice, tracking its movements and engagements with a wide range of other academic and activist projects. Showcasing the work of a diverse set of ‘second generation’ ANT scholars from around the world, it highlights the exciting depth and breadth of contemporary ANT and its future possibilities.

The companion has 38 chapters, each answering a key question about ANT and its capacities. Early chapters explore ANT as an intellectual practice and highlight ANT’s dialogues with other fields and key theorists. Others open critical, provocative discussions of its limitations. Later sections explore how ANT has been developed in a range of social scientific fields and how it has been used to explore a wide range of scales and sites. Chapters in the final section discuss ANT’s involvement in ‘real world’ endeavours such as disability and environmental activism, and even running a Chilean hospital. Each chapter contains an overview of relevant work and introduces original examples and ideas from the authors’ recent research. The chapters orient readers in rich, complex fields and can be read in any order or combination. Throughout the volume, authors mobilise ANT to explore and account for a range of exciting case studies: from wheelchair activism to parliamentary decision-making; from racial profiling to energy consumption monitoring; from queer sex to Korean cities. A comprehensive introduction by the editors explores the significance of ANT more broadly and provides an overview of the volume.

The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory will be an inspiring and lively companion to academics and advanced undergraduates and postgraduates from across many disciplines across the social sciences, including Sociology, Geography, Politics and Urban Studies, Environmental Studies and STS, and anyone wishing to engage with ANT, to understand what it has already been used to do and to imagine what it might do in the future.

part Section 1|72 pages

Some elements of the ANT paradigm(s)

chapter 1|10 pages

What if ANT wouldn’t pursue agnosticism but care?

ByDaniel López-Gómez

chapter 2|10 pages

How to make ANT concepts more real?

ByAdrian Mackenzie

chapter 3|10 pages

Is ANT’s radical empiricism ethnographic?

ByBrit Ross Winthereik

chapter 4|12 pages

Can ANT compare with anthropology?

ByAtsuro Morita

chapter 5|10 pages

How to write after performativity?

ByJosé Ossandón

chapter 6|8 pages

Is ANT a critique of capital?

ByFabian Muniesa

part Section 2|82 pages

Engaging dialogues with key intellectual companions

chapter 8|14 pages

Is actant-rhizome ontology a more appropriate term for ANT?

ByCasper Bruun Jensen

chapter 9|14 pages

What can ANT still learn from semiotics?

ByAlvise Mattozzi

chapter 10|11 pages

What did we forget about ANT’s roots in anthropology of writing?

ByD. Pontille Jérôme

chapter 11|9 pages

As ANT is getting undone, can Pragmatism help us re-do it?

ByNoortje Marres

chapter 12|12 pages

Why does ANT need Haraway for thinking about (gendered) bodies?

ByEricka Johnson

chapter 14|11 pages

What is the relevance of Isabelle Stengers’ philosophy to ANT?

ByMartin Savransky

part Section 3|78 pages

Trading zones of ANT

chapter 15|13 pages

What can go wrong when people become interested in the non-human?

ByNigel Clark

chapter 16|13 pages

What possibilities would a queer ANT generate?

ByKane Race

chapter 17|9 pages

Is ANT capable of tracing spaces of affect?

ByDerek P. McCormack

chapter 18|10 pages

How to care for our accounts?

BySonja Jerak-Zuiderent

chapter 19|10 pages

Is ANT an artistic practice? 1

ByFrancis Halsall

chapter 20|10 pages

How to stage a convergence between ANT and Southern sociologies?

ByMarcelo C. Rosa

chapter 21|12 pages

What might ANT learn from Chinese medicine about difference?

ByWen-Yuan Lin

part Section 4|62 pages

Translating ANT beyond science and technology

chapter 22|11 pages

What about race?

ByAmade M’charek, Irene van Oorschot

chapter 24|8 pages

What is the value of ANT research into economic valuation devices?

ByLiliana Doganova

chapter 25|9 pages

How does ANT help us to rethink the city and its promises?

ByAlexa Färber

chapter 26|10 pages

How to study the construction of subjectivity with ANT?

ByArthur Arruda Leal Ferreira

chapter 27|11 pages

Why do maintenance and repair matter?

ByDavid J. Denis

part Section 5|63 pages

The sites and scales of ANT

chapter 29|12 pages

How does an ANT approach help us rethink the notion of site?

ByAlbena Yaneva, Brett Mommersteeg

part Section 6|54 pages

The uses of ANT for public–professional engagement

chapter 34|9 pages

Can ANT be a form of activism?

ByTomás Sánchez Criado, Israel Rodríguez-Giralt

chapter 35|9 pages

How has ANT been helpful for public anthropologists after the 3.11 disaster in Japan?

ByKohei Inose, Shuhei Kimura

chapter 38|11 pages

How to run a hospital with ANT?

ByYuri Carvajal Bañados