Multiple Bodies, Actants, and a Composition Classroom: Actor-Network Theory in Practice

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Abstract

James Berlin’s pedagogy employs generalized heuristics grounded in human agency and social-epistemic critique to enable political awareness. By contrast, actor-network theory (ANT) does not explain the composition of reality through pre-fixed heuristics but instead seeks to describe the unique composition of political objects through symmetrical accounts of human and nonhuman agency. ANT-as-pedagogy can be productively applied in the classroom to realize students’ capacities as moralists who comprehend the rhetorical difference between explanation (Berlin) and description (ANT) with regard to their political agencies as writers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-438
Number of pages18
JournalRhetoric Review
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

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