Enacting the social

@article{Law2004EnactingTS,
  title={Enacting the social},
  author={John Law and John R. Urry},
  journal={Economy and Society},
  year={2004},
  volume={33},
  pages={390 - 410}
}
  • J. Law, J. Urry
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Sociology
  • Economy and Society
This paper is concerned with the power of social science and its methods. We first argue that social inquiry and its methods are productive: they (help to) make social realities and social worlds. They do not simply describe the world as it is, but also enact it. Second, we suggest that, if social investigation makes worlds, then it can, in some measure, think about the worlds it wants to help to make. It gets involved in ‘ontological politics’. We then go on to show that its methods - and its… 
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