Convergence: Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

Convergence: Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)

Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8961-7.ch006

Abstract

Actor network theory as the “sociology of translation,” is used as a lens to examine the chronology of the development of the MOU Agreement, which provides insight into the mechanics of its formation and network of relations. Translation uncovered dimensions of the network's development: why associations between the actors were created, the factors that mobilized these heterogeneous parties to come together. Further, it also uncovered how their functions were ascribed and how stability or “black box” status was achieved. Critical discourse analysis (CDA) is positioned as a moment in ANT facilitating the analyses of the network linkages of the MOU actor network assist to identify the interactions at various levels of the MOU social partnership actor network. The two worldviews complement each other within an interpretivist framework revealing the potential to analyse network interactions through the lens of discourse.
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Background

Actor Network Theory demonstrates mechanically through different steps how an actor (De Jong, 2007) becomes the macro social actor, conferred with the ‘authority to speak or act on behalf of another actor or force’ (Callon & Latour, 1981, p.279) within the context of dependent network relations (Law, 1991a). Furthermore, which actors become intermediaries because of the compromise and mutual adjustment.

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