Global history and actor-network theory are currently among the most discussed theoretical frameworks in the social sciences - however, they have yet to be put together. This volume closes that gap and examines the compatibility of global history views and the perspectives of actor-network theory. The contributions show how the theoretical assumptions and methodical approaches of Bruno Latour, the most prominent advocate of agent-network theory, can contribute to the renewal of global history: no longer asking for a supposedly almighty power called globalization, but for concrete people, things, and techniques which can create extensive networks. This also serves to investigate which actors globalized which phenomenon at which time.
Debora Gerstenberger (Prof. Dr. phil.) lehrt Globalgeschichte und Geschichte Lateinamerikas an der Freien Universität Berlin. Joël Glasman (Dr. phil.) lehrt Globalgeschichte und afrikanische Studien an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.