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Law and ANT (and its Kin): Possibilities, Challenges, and Ways Forward

Cloatre, Emilie (2018) Law and ANT (and its Kin): Possibilities, Challenges, and Ways Forward. Journal of Law and Society, 45 (4). pp. 646-663. ISSN 1467-6478. (doi:10.1111/jols.12133) (KAR id:69774)

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Abstract

This paper interrogates the contributions that Actor-Network Theory (ANT) has made, and can continue to make, to the critical study of law. Both within its original field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and beyond, ANT has enabled a reimagining of the ‘social’ as relational, heterogeneous and fluid. In turn, it has argued for a renewed attention to materiality in social analysis. For law, such approach is potentially fruitful, significant, and disruptive of a number of assumptions of previous (socio-)legal scholarship. In this paper, I sketch out key elements (and critiques) of ANT, previous efforts to bring ANT into law, and discuss its potential for enhancing understandings of law. At the same time, I argue that ANT in law is best approached with a commitment to care, and to kinship, and in conversation with feminist thinkers, legal ethnographies and the discrete voices of law.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jols.12133
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] law, knowledges and the making of 'modern' healthcare
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Emilie Cloatre
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 07:43 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69774 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cloatre, Emilie: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1773-7645
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