Actants and Networks in 'Skagboys' – Thatcher, Crime and Mundane Artifacts as Mediators

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Actants and Networks in 'Skagboys' – Thatcher, Crime and Mundane Artifacts as Mediators
Author Pedersen, Thomas
Date 2020
English abstract
While Skagboys portrays the descent into heroin addiction of young, working class Scots during the Thatcher era, shifting the analysis from a strictly human perspective to one focusing on the agency of objects opens up the novel to new readings wherein morality emerges through nonhuman actors. Welsh’s work has traditionally been hailed as Scottish working-class realism that portrays its characters unideologically, to the point that the novels, through the characters, appear without morality. Drawing upon Latour’s notion of Actor-Network Theory, ANT, reveals a Thatcherite materiality permeating the story, prescribing the moral behaviour which the characters of Skagboys repeatedly clash with as their heroin addiction and junk desperation grows. The impacts of the security camera, the smoke detector and the collection tin provide the basis for the analysis. This highlights two types of marginalization for the characters. Firstly, in the characters’ hopeless prospects with regards to employment due to Thatcher’s neoliberal politics, and secondly as objects of detection and control exerting agency in the world which the characters navigate. These objects presuppose and foil crime, effectively becoming extensions of Thatcherite morality, keeping the criminal and unemployed in check.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Skagboys
ANT
Actor-Network Theory
Thatcher
Crime
Heroin
Irvine Welsh
Bruno Latour
Mediator
Trainspotting
Literature
Scotland
Edinburgh
Agency
Detection
Objects in literature
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/31939 Permalink to this page
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