The methodological dilemmas of an actor-network approach to historical heterogeneities

Nimmo, Richie (2010) The methodological dilemmas of an actor-network approach to historical heterogeneities. [Video] (Unpublished)

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Visit the Realities website (link below) for a recording (audio plus images) of this presentation, given at Methods in Dialogue: Researching Nature. Most social science methods still rely for their rationale upon a sharp distinction between nature and society. Actor-network theory radically problematizes this distinction, suggesting that modern knowledge-practices actually inscribe this dichotomy upon the heterogeneous and hybrid phenomena which they seek to render knowable. Yet ANT has no specific methodological approach of its own, despite a close but by no means unproblematic relationship with ethnography. In this presentation I explore the dilemmas and opportunities which this presents, with reference to my own historical research on the socio-materiality of dairy milk in the UK.

Item Type:Video
Subjects:4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
ID Code:1015
Deposited By: Realities user
Deposited On:21 May 2010 14:08
Last Modified:21 May 2010 14:08

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