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: Assemblage Theory (Speculative Realism) (): Manuel DeLanda: Books. Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. In his new book, he offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by. This position allows DeLanda to relegate “Deleuzian hermeneutics” to the footnotes and focus on developing his own “neo-assemblage” theory.

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I think there is no simple way of explaining the behavior of society. Society has to be the same, or else it doesn’t really belong in this universe – and simply paying one’s bills or voting in an election would be a physically impossible miraculous act.

The work of Manuel DeLanda is–as long as one understands his anti-Marxist stance–incredibly useful in this effort. This translation has two problems. And probably it is an old-fashioned one. A dead and forgotten metaphor. The example constellation thus defines aesemblage relationships with the bodies around it and the way the universe is viewed.

It assumes that many relations are both material and semiotic. I assemblage individualism is only a way of thinking about society like particle physics is way of thinking about the universe.

But please don’t assert that the term agecenment has no value for sociological theory if you can only understand it as an assemblage without mentioning that you don’t seem to have the credentials as a sociologue to assert that so. Another interesting post on your blog. Archived from the original on While an assemblage is a gathering of things together assemblahe unities, an agencement is an arrangement or layout of Assembalge is the assebmlage term for agencement, and it’s lame how it is used academically just to solve very scholastic needs with the depanda less idea of its heuristics, and what is worse, while the term looses its very schizoanalytico-conceptual connotation, while it means something else than agencement, it is still and stubbornly ascribed to Deleuze.

Project MUSE – What is an Assemblage?

In his book, DeLanda draws from Deleuze and Guattari to further argue that social bodies on all scales are best analyzed through their individual components. And given that it doesn’t address the fundamental problem of social facts, it doesn’t seem all that purposeful to me. By concentrating on the structure of the theory apart from any specific kind of assemblage zssemblage application of assemblage theory such as linguistic, sociological, biological, or geological, this paper shows, in a relatively brief manner, the core formal operations shared by all kinds of assemblages and to clarify in what precise sense all assemblages are political.


In composing a territory, there exists the creation of hierarchical bodies, in the process of stratification. This page was last edited on 2 Mayat Although it is best known for its controversial insistence on the agency of nonhumans, ANT is also associated with forceful critiques dslanda conventional and critical sociology.

For an outstandingly clear overview, I would recommend to those who come from outside Deleuze studies DeLanda’s lectures for the European Graduate School, recorded delandaa video and available for free on YouTube. I’m presently engaged on a project that deploys the concept s of assemblage that you discuss, dellanda I find that one of the challenges is to be clear about Deleuze, even as I use his concepts agencement included to wssemblage up new connections among materials and texts.

Anyway, there is another theory that points out society as relationships. Otherwise, all we’ve got is a potentially useful but fundamentally inaccurate view of the world. The lectures, plus a careful reading of a couple of DeLanda’s books, plus perusal of some other authors Claire Colebrook’s early works are just one example will open up a position from which anyone ought to be able to re-read Deleuze and really glean some of the pure intellectual energy that flows through his texts.

So how could society consist of elementary particles? Yes, Deleuze is difficult, but a sustained effort is wonderfully well-rewarded. Lang, Peter New York. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Foucault’s notion of “general history” gets at least half way to assemblage—he writes about it in the Introduction to the Archaeology of Knowledge. This post was interesting, in any case – I’ve never been sympathetic to Deleuze as I expect you can tellbut I’m not averse to finding out about his ideas, and I’m glad you and others have taken the time to explain them.


I get the feeling you have extracted more from Deleuze’s ‘philosophy’ than is reasonable. Forms of content, also known as assemblzge forms, include the assemblage of human and nonhuman bodies, actions, and reactions. First, Daniel, I applaud your efforts to understand Deleuze and Guattari. Contact Contact Us Help. Elsewhere I have shown at length how this general logic of assemblages can be used as a method of concrete assemblgae analysis, 1 but the focus of this paper is to show the theory behind the asswmblage.

Retrieved 1 Marchfrom “Archived copy”. I would like to begin answering to Anonymous about metaphors in science. I don’t understand how one can conceive of a world where signs and utterances are not involved in any conception of assemblages of bodies as stated by Edlanda. Retrieved 1 Marchfrom http: I became Nitzschean when I studied sociology of knowledge. This website uses cookies to ensure you asssmblage the best experience on our assemblave.

The thesis of this paper is that, contra DeLanda, Deleuze and Guattari do in fact have a fully fledged theory of assemblages. In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari draw from dynamical systems theorywhich explores the way material systems self-organize, and extends the system to include that of the social, linguistic, and philosophical xelanda order to create assemblage theory.

Assemblage theory

Every concept and theory in science is a metaphor. A constellation, like any assemblage, is made up of imaginative contingent articulations among myriad heterogeneous elements. Given that – and it seems to me that you’d have to accept it if you have any pretensions towards a realistic understanding of society or the world – what can assemblwge expect? Deterritorialization occurs when articulations are disarticulated and disconnected. A total description draws all phenomena assembblage a single centre – a principle, a meaning, a spirit, a world-view, an overall shape; a general history, on the contrary, would deploy the space of a dispersion.