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Deleuzian Social Ontology and Assemblage Theory

Manuel DeLanda

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/9780748620920.003.0013
Deleuzian Social Ontology and Assemblage Theory

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This chapter explores Gilles Deleuze's social anthology and assemblage theory. It proposes a solution to the macro- and micro-problems in the analysis of social ontology which avoids any form of reductionism. This strategy involves bridging the level of persons and that of the largest entities with many intermediate levels, each operating at its own spatial scale and having its own relative autonomy. It explains that this way of characterising a multi-scaled social reality needs many qualifications and it describes the main four features of this simplified scheme.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; social ontology; assemblage theory; reductionism; relative autonomy; social reality

Chapter.  7270 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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