Interventions Offered by Actor-Network Theory, Assemblage Theory, and New Materialisms for Environmental Sociology

Katharine Legun, Abbi Virens

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Abstract

This chapter outlines “more-than-human” approaches being used in the social sciences, and explores their implication and use in environmental sociology. Considering how non-human elements influence human society is one way that we can center ecological life in our sociological work. Moreover, it provides theoretical tools to do so without being deterministic; that is, without assuming that the effects of particular ecological elements in society are inevitable, essential, or one-dimensional. Nor does it assume that those effects are entirely social, discursive, or immaterial. We discuss concepts in actor-network theory, assemblage theory, and new materialism, in the context of environmental sociology and sociological thought more generally. We use the case of apples in agriculture to further elaborate the use and implications of a more-than-human approach to the social life of plants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology
EditorsKatharine Legun, Julie Keller, Michael Bell, Michael Carolan
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter9
Pages161-175
ISBN (Electronic)9781108554558
ISBN (Print)9781108429337, 9781108454063
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2020

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