What is Actor-Network Theory?
Actor Network Theory is an approach to social theory originating from science studies. It explores how relations between objects, people and how concepts are formed, in instead of why they are formed.
Actor is only an object. Under human influence, actors are coordinated to form a network.
There are three principals: agnosticism, generalised symmetry, free association.
Agnosticism advocates avoid any pre-assume of existing networks.
Generalised symmetry employs a single frame to investigate the actors, both human and non human.
Free association advocates abandoning any relations between social and natural phenomenon. Since these relations are based on the effort of networked activities.
There is a three-minute YouTube clip to explain what Actor-Network Theory is about.