ANT Maps

Actor l Network l Theory

The acronym A.N.T. was perfectly fit for a blind, myopic,
workaholic, trail-sniffing, and collective traveler. An ant writing
for other ants, this fits my project very well!

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Ants. Joe Turner.

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ANT does not define the term “actor.” Instead it plays with it.

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Against the implied fantasy of a masterful, separate actor, what
is highlighted is the activity of all the associated actors involved.
A strategist may be inventive, but nobody acts alone.

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Rather than taking control, actors may also seek to serve the
world around them.

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In a network, by contrast, actors, while being enacted by what is
around them, are still active.

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Actors associate with other actors, thus forming a network in
which they are all made into “actors” as the associations allow
each of them to act.

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Fire (Ant) Island.

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Actors are enacted, enabled, and adapted by their associates
while in their turn enacting, enabling and adapting these.

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If ANT is a theory, then a theory helps to tell cases, draw
contrasts, articulate silent layers, turn questions upside down,
focus on the unexpected, add to one’s sensitivities, propose new
terms, and shift stories from one context to another.

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ANT (actor-network-theory) is not a theory. It does not give
explanations, and neither does it offer a grid or a perspective.

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