Reconnection work.
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Socio-material networks, Actor-network theory, crises, ICT infrastructure, households

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Heidenstrøm, Nina, og Ardis Storm-Mathisen. 2017. “Reconnection work.: A Network Approach to households’ Dealing With ICT Breakdowns”. Akademisk Kvarter | Academic Quarter, nr. 15 (oktober):84-101. https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.ak.v0i15.2693.

Resumé | Abstract

How can the concept of networks contribute to understanding the role of households in crises where ICT infrastructure fail? ICT infrastructures are large-scale techno-material networks crucial to modern human social organisation and living. They play a role in connecting individuals to households and individuals and households to their wider surroundings. Drawing on fieldwork from a recent crisis in Norway, this article uses actor-network theory (ANT) as an analytical lens. The aim is twofold; firstly to show the effect of an ICT infrastructure breakdown on the concerns of households as a socio-material network, and secondly to suggest how these networks reconnect and are stabilised at a household level through strategies where people mobilise actants such as cars and intact pieces of ICT to establish new temporal associations of actor-networks.

https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.ak.v0i15.2693
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