Drawing on Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and its sibling notion of assemblage, this book offers a conceptual and methodological alternative to dominant social movement theory.
The contributors explore empirical cases where science, technology, and activists intersect. They focus on the task of learning from the ways in which collectives assemble themselves around matters of concern, establish alliances with a number of human and non-human entities, and devise ways of caring for one another, or how they fail to meet these goals. They conclude that Actor-Network Theory is a useful tool in the construction of forms of attention and care that aspire to learn from social movements, rather than explaining them away.
This book will be of interest to those studying activism and wider political and social movements, as well as those researching the interactions between science, technology, society more generally. It was originally published as a special issue of Social Movement Studies.
Introduction: Reassembling activism, activating assemblages
Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and Denise Milstein
1. Welcoming sound: the case of a noise complaint in the weekly assembly of el Campo de Cebada
Jorge Martín Sainz de los Terreros
2. The syntax of social movements: jam, boxes and other anti-mafia assemblages
3. We are all foreigners in an analogue world: cyber-material alliances in contesting immigration control in Stockholm’s metro system
Vasilis Galis and Jane Summerton
4. The materiality of data transparency and the (re)configuration of environmental activism in the Brazilian Amazon
Raoni Rajão and Juliane Jarke
5. Bringing animals within political communities: the citizens/swans association that fractured Chile’s environmental framework
6. Down to earth social movements: an interview with Bruno Latour
Bruno Latour, Denise Milstein, Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and Israel Rodríguez-Giralt