Making the Social Hold: Towards an Actor-Network Theory of Design

  title={Making the Social Hold: Towards an Actor-Network Theory of Design},
  author={Albena Yaneva},
  journal={Design and Culture},
  pages={273 - 288}
  • Albena Yaneva
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Design and Culture
  • ABSTRACT The article illustrates the potentials of an Actor-Network Theory (ANT) perspective to design. Drawing on ANT's assumption that objects with their scripts and incorporated programs of action compel and rearticulate new social ties, I argue that design triggers specific ways of enacting the social. It is impossible to understand how a society works without appreciating how design shapes, conditions, facilitates and makes possible everyday sociality. Viewed as a type of connector, not as… CONTINUE READING
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