In this chapter we will:

Provide an answer to the question, why should one study actor-network theory (ANT)?

Introduce the main tenets of an actor-network approach

Identify the key writers associated with ANT

Provide a brief introduction to the intellectual genealogy of ANT in sociology and the social sciences more broadly

Position ANT within contemporary social theory

Elicit and induce in the reader a way of thinking compatible with ANT

Briefly indicate some of the differences between the main protagonists of ANT

‘De-position’ ANT within emerging approaches influenced by ANT but which also mark the nuances of a post-ANT or ‘ANT and after’ agenda.