This rejoinder reflects an important step, for me, in a preoccupation with methodology that has provided me with many hours of enjoyable reading, not to mention anxiety. For me the ‘reality’ of the incommensurable nature of paradigms and acceptance of the legitimacy of a range of conceptual and philosophical traditions came late. As a constructionist I find myself on the ‘anything goes’ end of methodology choice. This paper and my main paper ought not to be read as a critique of ‘middle range’ theory, but as a critique of an important and necessary aspect of the way we all seek to inscribe facts and structure our writing. What follows is a reflection of the influence Bruno Latour’s writings have had on my ways of seeing and perhaps an unhealthy emphasis on the small things that combine to produce convincing arguments and ‘facts’.
- fact construction
- actor network theory