The Politics of Theory: Producing Another World, with Some Thoughts on Latour
Journal of Cultural Economy
This essay explores the politics of theory and how theoretical analysis in science and technology studies might inform real-world conduct. I focus on objects and projects that can serve as ‘ontological theatre’ for a non-modern perspective—that both evoke and act out the ontology that I associate with my analysis of ‘the mangle of practice.’ These are my models for ‘producing another world.’ In conclusion, I contrast this proposal with Latour’s political articulation of actor-network theory: Latour aims to reassemble the social at the meta-level of political representation, without modifying our mundane practices, while I am concerned here with possibilities for systematically transforming the latter.
Vol. 2, Issue 1-2, pp. 197 - 212
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