publication . Master thesis . 2013

Wave Energy and Actor-Network Theory: The Irish Case

Cunningham, William;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
This paper examines the role of the wave energy sector in Ireland using theories from the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). Theoretical divisions within the field of STS are examined, particularly the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK) and Actor-Network Theory (ANT). Any conflicts which these two theories present to each other are examined through the empirical findings of the Irish wave energy sector. In particular, ANT s rejection of macro and micro distinctions when analysing society are compared to SSK s identification of causality in the creation of scientific knowledge and technology. ANT s network outlook was later built on by a new SSK ...
free text keywords: ANT, wave, energy, renewables, Ireland, technology
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