The actor-network theory, the engaged programme of science and technology studies and the problem of politicality
The article aims at investigating the following question: is it possible to analyse power relations using the actor-network theory (ANT) and science and technology studies (STS) tools? The first part of the paper is a critique of the engaged programme of STS. The text argues that the deliberative, consensual, and participatory model of politicality of the engaged programme is not sufficient to grasp some phenomena of modern power relations, especially those entangled in semi-peripheries. The main point is that the engaged programme does not follow the role of a global capital and its political tools do not work properly in areas where public sphere is not well developed. The second part points to some early ANT theoretical inquires and to the Foucault’s conception of power as a social relation to show an alternative model of politicality.