Activity theory, actor-network theory, and culture in the twenty-first century

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The chapter examines how activity theory and actor-network theory can serve as analytical frameworks for researching culture and international communication. In this chapter, I demonstrate how to apply these frameworks to the intercultural encounter, and how instructors can use them as tools for teaching students to compose in intercultural contexts. Reflecting on the dynamics of online composition and technologically mediated knowledge work, these theories can be used in composition, analysis, and instruction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThinking Globally, Composing Locally
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet
PublisherUtah State University Press, An imprint of University Press of Colorado
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781607326649
ISBN (Print)9781607326632
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Activity theory
  • Actor-network theory
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural competence
  • Professional communication
  • Technological mediation


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