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Actor Network Resource

An Annotated Bibliography
Version 2.3


Update, 26th February, 2004

  • The ANT resource has been moved, and the web page names changed. Please bookmark this new url.
  • The content has not been changed. We plan to update this in the near future.
  • In its next version the ANT Resource will be resigned to be access-friendly. Please accept our apologies if there are currently any difficulties in access.

Update, 9th April, 2000

  • The ANT Resource has been updated. The major changes include
  • the addition of 25 new references
  • addition of annotations to references in the alphabetical list
  • restoration of url links, both within the resource and to other on-line papers.

Please note that

  • John Law and John Hassard (eds), (1999) Actor Network Theory and After, Blackwell  

is available. This includes papers by Michel Callon, Kevin Hetherington, Bruno Latour, John Law, Annemarie Mol, Marilyn Strathern and Helen Verran.

  • John Hassard, John Law and Nick Lee (eds), Organization, Vol 6, no. 3, 1999 (ISSN 1350-5084) Themed Section: Actor-Network Theory and Managerialism

is also available ... it contains essays by Allan Hansen and Jan Mouritsen, Richard Hull, Nick Lee and John Hassard, and Rolland Munro.

  • Kevin Hetherington and John Law (eds),
    Society and Space, Special Issue: After Networks
    available with papers by Marianne de Laet, Takashi Harada, Kevin Hetherington and Nick Lee, John Law, Nigel Thrift, and Sarah Whatmore.


The Actor Network Resource

... is located on the Sociology Department WWW pages at Lancaster University. New references have been added.

Please note that this reource depends on your submissions! All submissions that follow the format of the resource will be added. (See below for details)

The relevant WWW pages are as follows

John Law



'Actor-network theory': What is it? What are the questions it explores? And the substantive topics? How does it do so? What are its merits? What are its problems? How has it moved on? How does it relate to other approaches in social theory? These are the topics covered by the texts included in this annotated bibliography. Our aim is to create a resource suitable for all those who want to find material in, or relevant to, actor-network theory.

Overall Organisation

The resource is in two main parts:

  1. a thematically organised list of references with annotations. This is itself divided into three parts:
    1. theory: these are in more or less logical or chronological order
    2. substantive studies: these are arranged into topics which are organised alphabetically
    3. related issues: a shorter organised list of topics which overlap with the concerns of actor-network theory, but belong as much to other theoretical traditions.

    Any classification is arbitrary and this is no exception. However, in order to soften this effect, articles often appear under several headings. It is particularly important to note that the distinction between 'theory' and 'substantive studies' is uncertain. As with other approaches in science, technology and society, and cultural studies, actor-network theory has developed primarily through its empirical studies.

  2. an alphabetical list of full references, again with annotations for all those items which appear in the thematic list.

Thematic Organisation

The subthemes are (subject to change - see the note of the current version at the top of this document) as follows:

  1. Introductory
  2. Precursors
  3. 'Early Theory'
  4. Substantial Theoretical Contributions
  5. After Actor-Network?
  1. Edited Collections
  2. Textbooks
  3. Commentaries, Criticisms, Assessments
  4. Method, Methodology
Substantive Studies
  1. Agency and Subjectivity
  2. Animals and Nature
  3. The Arts
  4. Cartography and Representation
  5. Disability
  6. Economics
  7. Gender
  8. Materialities
  1. Medicine
  2. Organisation and Work
  3. Politics
  4. Power
  5. Science
  6. Scientometrics
  7. Spatialities
  8. Technologies
Related Issues
  1. Ambivalence
  2. Difference and Fractionality
  3. Otherness
  1. Performance
  2. Miscellaneous

Using the Resource

The bibliography is a resource that is freely available. However:

Editorial Principles

In compiling this resource, we have made certain choices and followed certain principles. These are as follows:

    1. they are written in the same matter-of-fact style, and
    2. they conform to the existing bibliographic conventions of the resource. (Please note that the authorship of submissions won't be acknowledged in the bibliography: if they are accepted they will appear anonymously.).

Updating and Amending the Resource

As indicated above, the bibliographies are growing, and the resource will become more useful as this occurs. Accordingly, we welcome

If you would like to contribute by suggesting another resource, please follow the format suggested on the page for submitting an entry.

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