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Conventions, the great transformation and actor network theory

Konventionen, die große Transformation und Actor Network Theory
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Munck, Bert de

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Abstract "This article proceeds from the field of tension between the synchronical approach of the economics of convention and the diachronical approach of economic anthropology (in the tradition of Karl Polanyi). It is argued that the economics of convention remain problematic to historians in that they fail to capture the long term transformations traditionally referred to as the emergence of modernity and the coming about of homo economicus. As a possible solution, the use of concepts and insights from Actor Network Theory is proposed. While this cluster of theories enables an historical perspective without considering modernity as a natural process, it confronts changing relationships between subjects, objects and cultural systems of meaning head on." (author's abstract)
Keywords convention; anthropology; modernity; modernization; actor-network-theory
Classification General Concepts, Major Hypotheses and Major Theories in the Social Sciences
Method basic research
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 44-54
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 4
Issue topic The "Économie des Conventions"
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works