Reassembling the Social is a fundamental challenge from one of the worlds leading social theorists to how we understand society and the social. Bruno Latours contention is that the word social as used by Social Scientists has become laden with assumptions to the point where it has becomea misnomer. When the adjective is applied to a phenomenon, it is used to indicate a stabilized state of affairs, a bundle of ties that in due course may be used to account for another phenomenon. Latour also finds the word used as if it described a type of material, in a comparable way to anadjective such as wooden or steely.Rather than simply indicating what is already assembled together, it is now used in a way that makes assumptions about the nature of what is assembled. It has become a word that designates two distinct things- a process of assembling- and a type of material, distinct from others. Latour shows whythe social cannot be thought of as a kind of material or domain, and disputes attempts to provide a social explanation of other states of affairs. While these attempts have been productive (and probably necessary) in the past, the very success of the social sciences mean that they are largelyno longer so. At the present stage it is no longer possible to inspect the precise constituents entering the social domain. Latour returns to the original meaning of the social to redefine the notion and allow it to trace connections again. It will then be possible to resume the traditional goalof the social sciences, but using more refined tools. Drawing on his extensive work examining the assemblages of nature, Latour finds it necessary to scrutinize thoroughly the exact content of what is assembled under the umbrella of Society. This approach, a sociology of associations has becomeknown as Actor-Network-Theory, and this book is an essential introduction both for those seeking to understand Actor-Network-Theory, or the ideas of one of its most influential proponents.
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Subtítulo: AN INTRODUCTION TO ACTOR-NETWORK-THEORY