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A Sociology of Treason: The Construction of Weakness
The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7206-2046
2014 (English)In: Science, Technology and Human Values, ISSN 0162-2439, E-ISSN 1552-8251, Vol. 39, no 1, 154-179 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The process of translation has both an excluding and including character. The analysis of actor networks, the process of mobilizing alliances, and constructing networks is a common and worthwhile focus. However, the simultaneous betrayals, dissidences, and controversies are often only implied in network construction stories. We aim to nuance the construc- tion aspect of actor–network theory (ANT) by shining the analytical searchlight elsewhere, where the theoretical tools of ANT have not yet systematically ventured. We argue that we need to understand every process of translation in relation to its simultaneous process of treason, and to add antonyms for Callon’s problematization, intressement, enrollment, and mobilization. This enables us to describe powerlessness not as a state but as a process. Our case focuses on the network building around mea- sures for disabled people in the construction of the Athens Metro, during the period 1991-1993. The discussion highlights the efforts of disability organizations to intervene in the initial construction works of the metro project and the simultaneous actions of the Greek government to exclude disability organizations from the design process and to disrupt the accessibility-metro actor network. 

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Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 39, no 1, 154-179 p.
Keyword [en]
justice, inequality, protest, politics, power, governance, space/place/scale, dynamics
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81939DOI: 10.1177/0162243913512681ISI: 000328241400008OAI: diva2:556667
Available from: 2012-09-25 Created: 2012-09-25 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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