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Semiotics of Indicators: The Case of Corporate Human Rights Responsibility*

Ronen Shamir and Dana Weiss

in Governance by Indicators

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658244
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.003.0005
Semiotics of Indicators: The Case of Corporate Human Rights Responsibility*

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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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