Chapter

Society with/out Organs

Niels Albertsen and Bülent Diken

in Deleuze and the Social

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620920
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620920.003.0012
Society with/out Organs

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This chapter focuses on Gilles Deleuze's understanding of the social and his concept of society ‘without organs’. It provides an experimental mapping of the field of social theories by means of a diagram based on two orthogonal axes with a vertical continuum between order and chaos and a horizontal continuum between purity and heterogeneity. It shows the power of a Deleuzian approach to transcend the limitations of the various visions of ‘the social’ provided by social theories as well as to plug these visions into each other.

Keywords: the social; Gilles Deleuze; society; social theories; order; chaos; purity; heterogeneity

Chapter.  7957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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