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Title: Reassembling activism, activating assemblages: an introduction
Author: Rodríguez Giralt, Israel  
Marrero Guillamón, Isaac
Milstein, Denise
Others: University of London
Columbia University
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: actor-network theory
assemblage
social movements
ontology
epistemology
Issue Date: 27-Mar-2018
Publisher: Social Movement Studies
Citation: Rodríguez Giralt, I., Marrero Guillamón, I. & Milstein, D. (2018). Reassembling activism, activating assemblages: an introduction. Social Movement Studies, 17(3), 257-268. doi: 10.1080/14742837.2018.1459299
Also see: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14742837.2018.1459299
Abstract: This introductory essay conceptually situates the dialogue between Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and Social Movement Studies that this special issue aims to foster. Rather than considering ANT as a theory in the classic sense, we define it as a theoretical sensibility open to permanently redrawing its own shape in response to the relational entanglements it studies. ANT and its sibling, assemblage theory, have allowed scholars to attend to the complex ecologies within which agents, both human and non-human, mobilise to effect change in overlapping social, ecological, economic and technological realms. In these studies, relations take precedence over substances, thereby forging a radically decentred, redistributed approach to mobilisation. As such, ANT offers a point of departure from dominant understandings of social movements that rely on modernist, dualist epistemologies; ANT studies have expanded the body politic through the incorporation of non-human actants, and redefined collective action as a form of association between heterogeneous entities. Ultimately, we argue that ANT is a useful tool in the task of constructing forms of attention and care that aspire to learn from and think with social movements, rather than explaining them away.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/106831
ISSN: 1474-2837MIAR
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