ANT: A decade of interfering with tourism

V.R. van der Duim*, C. Ren, G.T. Johannesson

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Ten years ago actor-network theory (ANT) entered this journal. To illustrate how the relational ontology and sensibilities of ANT lend themselves to particular kinds of research, we first interrogate the main controversies as a way to open up and discuss the main premises of ANT. These debates concern the status and agency of objects and non-humans, ANT’s denial of the explanatory power of social structures, and the political implications of ANT. Second we present ANT’s relevance for tourism studies and discuss what ANT ‘does’ in practice. After summarizing a decade of relations between ANT and tourism, we conclude
by tracing three future trajectories of how we have ‘moved away with’ ANT into
new areas of discovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-149
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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