What can actor-network theory's approach to analyzing objects offer to cultural sociology? To answer this question we ask a more specific one: How does materiality affect people's experience of art in a museum exhibition? Research at two museums suggests that non-human agents-object and words-interact with human bodies to choreograph the art encounter. This process works through interactions between two processes of emplacement: physical position and cognitive location. Position guides location in the process of meaning-making, a relationship mediated by three mechanisms: distance, legibility, and orientation.
- Actor-network theory
- Cultural sociology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science