This chapter explores actor-network theory — also called material semiotics — in the context of ‘corporate human-rights responsibility.’ It studies the symbolic representation of indicators within diagrams, maps, and even social-branding labels, and argues that indicators have a tendency to create secondary and even third-tiered indicators. It then analyses the ‘corporate human-rights responsibility’ as a social performance that is performed through regions and networks, which are two interacting social modalities.
Keywords: actor-network theory; material semiotics; corporate human-rights responsibility; symbolic representation; social modalities; social performance
Chapter. 8000 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Public International Law
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