The Theoretical and Analytical Inclusion of Actor Network Theory and its Implication on ICT Research

The Theoretical and Analytical Inclusion of Actor Network Theory and its Implication on ICT Research

Amany R. Elbanna (Loughborough University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-197-3.ch009
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Abstract

This chapter examines the properties of ANT in light of other approaches. It presents the theoretical and analytical inclusion of ANT in relation to other approaches. The study discusses how the properties of ANT could provide ICT researchers with a wider lens to explore the phenomena of concern. It also highlights some of the theoretical and analytical pitfalls that could be fell into at the start of the research and how a careful application of ANT could avoid it.
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Theoretical Inclusion

The relationship between technology and society has been for long debated in the history and sociology field and recently in the information systems field. Two main perspectives have dominated the view of the relationship between society and technology: technology determinism and social constructivism. However the discussion of these approaches is not new to the information systems field, yet it is here presented only to show how ANT could theoretically resolve the tension between the two polars of determinisms and include some of the approaches that could go under the label ‘social constructivism’ as follows.

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