Agency, Networks, Past and Future

  • Sander E. van der Leeuw


In this contribution, I will first draw upon the other chapters of this book to summarise what are in my opinion the essential elements of their discussion on the concept of agency and on Actor Network Theory. Then I will argue the need to come to understand the process of invention and innovation and present some ideas about why this topic has not generally been given the importance that, in my eyes, it merits. Finally, I will try and develop a perspective that might indeed help us understand the process of intention and innovation, based on some of the ideas about agency presented in this book.


Material World Scaffolding Structure Interpretive Framework Actor Network Theory Historical Trajectory 
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  1. 1.School of Human Evolution and Social ChangeArizona State UniversityTempeUS

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