Michel Callon

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Michel Callon (born 1945) is a Professor of Sociology at the École des mines de Paris and member of the Centre de sociologie de l'innovation. He is an influential author in the field of Science and Technology Studies and one of the leading proponents of actor–network theory (ANT) with Bruno Latour.

In recent years (since the late 1990s), Michel Callon has spearheaded the movement of applying ANT approaches to study economic life (notably economic markets). This body of work interrogates the interrelation between the economy and economics, highlighting the ways in which economics (and economics-inspired disciplines such as marketing) shapes the economy (see Callon, 1998 and 2005).


  • Callon, Michel 1980. "Struggles and Negotiations to Define What is Problematic and What is Not: The Socio-logic of Translation." pp. 197–221 in The Social Process of Scientific Investigation, edited by Karin D. Knorr. Dordrecht: Reidel Publishing.
  • Callon, Michel 1986. "Some Elements of a Sociology of Translation: Domestication of the Scallops and the Fishermen of St Brieuc Bay." pp. 196–233 in Power, Action and Belief: A New Sociology of Knowledge, edited by John Law. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Callon, Michel 1987. "Society in the Making: The Study of Technology as a Tool for Sociological Analysis." pp. 83–103 in The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, edited by Wiebe Bijker et al. London: MIT Press.
  • Callon, Michel 1991. "Techno-economic networks and irreversibility." pp. 132–165 in A Sociology of Monsters: Essays on Power, Technology and Domination, edited by John Law. London: Routledge.
  • Callon, Michel (ed.) 1998. The Laws of the Markets. London: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Callon, Michel 2005. "Why virtualism paves the way to political impotence", Economic Sociology - the European electronic newsletter. Read as PDF
  • Callon, M., Lascoumes, P., & Barthe, Y. (2009). Acting in an uncertain world: an essay on technical democracy. The MIT Press.

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