The term translation has long been used in sociology, prominently within the tradition known as Actor-network theory (ANT).
Within ANT, the term translation has a different meaning compared to other areas. The term is used in association with the term network, and signifies the process that allows a network to be represented by a single entity, which can in itself be an individual or another network.
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