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Business in action: Framing and overflowing in the logistics of an Australian company


White, RD and Bradshaw, MB, Business in action: Framing and overflowing in the logistics of an Australian company, Journal of Sociology, 40, (1) pp. 5-20. ISSN 0004-8690 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783304040450


As market relations become more pervasive, so the classical sociological issue of the tension between ‘economic’ and ‘social’ explanations becomes more salient than ever. Michel Callon has proposed that the Actor-Network Theory (A-NT) developed in science and technology studies provides a useful approach to this tension. In this article we outline his innovatively traditional ‘market test’ of A-NT, and then test and illustrate it through a contract between an Australian company and a transport logistics consortium that it fostered under changing conditions in its market. We exemplify Callon’s case for the co-emergence of calculative and cultural effects, and conclude that business in action is a promising research site for their global reconfiguration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:actor-network theory • economy • framing • market • overflowing • sociology
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Other transport
Objective Field:Other transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, RD (Dr Robert White)
UTAS Author:Bradshaw, MB (Dr Matthew Bradshaw)
ID Code:30170
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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