Beyond Latour and Heidegger or: how to avoid conceptual gaps when clarifying human sociality

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Actor-Network Theory (ANT) seeks to overcome the micro-macro gap in social theory. It aims to do so by abolishing the distinction between, on the one hand, individuals and, on the other, socio-material structures. This article argues, however, that ANT has not sufficiently managed to close the gap because it fails to take a particular kind of social relation into account. It leaves aside early infant-caregiver dyads whose mode of coordination does not fit ANT’s socio-material ontology. With the purpose of avoiding a gap in relation to human social relations, the article presents an account of the phenomenon ‘phenomenal distance’. Specifically, it explores how the transition from unskilled to skilled socio-material engagements can be clarified by reference to embodied habits. Thus, it accounts for how the unskilled individual comes to participate in social practices.
TidsskriftRASK – International journal of language and communication
Udgave nummerAutumn
Sider (fra-til)3-18
StatusUdgivet - 2017