2008 volume 26(2) pages 199 – 217

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Routledge P, 2008, "Acting in the network: ANT and the politics of generating associations" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26(2) 199 – 217

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Acting in the network: ANT and the politics of generating associations

Paul Routledge

Received 21 April 2005; in revised form 8 February 2007; published online 29 October 2007

Abstract. In this paper I will draw upon ANT to consider how political associations are generated within a global network of grassroots peasant movements. ANT has failed to fully consider the ways of generating such associations, especially the processes through which such associations are made. In so doing, the causes of and accountability for differential power relations have been precluded, as have the productive dimensions of that power. Through a consideration of the moments and strategies of network translation, I will show that power inequalities and intentionality act to determine the contours of network association.

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