The Actor-Enacted: Cumbrian Sheep in 2001

  title={The Actor-Enacted: Cumbrian Sheep in 2001},
  author={John Law and Annemarie Mol},
This chapter analyses the question of agency considering the animal agency of Cumbrian sheep in the uprising of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK in 2001. The article explores the conditions required for an actor to be able to act as such. In that direction it shifts the usual meaning of the concept of actor separating it from the anthropocentric model and making it distant from the ideas of “intentionality” and “dominance” to emphasise how actors not only act, but they are habilitated and… Expand
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  • Kristopher Poole
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • Journal of archaeological method and theory
  • 2015
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