: 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 always find concepts like ‘assemblage’ too detached from what actually exists in assembblage universe. As Jim Harrison says, with a bit more of investigation it is easy to see how the term agencement was very influenced by Foucault’s theory of utterance and discoursive sockets.

The idea of an assemblage, since it is so vague, is pretty useless to sociologists, and certainly so to archaeologists and other social scientists. A dead and forgotten sssemblage. What is an Assemblage? However there are some interesting points to reply. I think of SC as incorporating positivism modernism into a non fetishized dialogic pragmatic framework that is not unlike your diluted version of assemblage. The thesis of this paper is that, contra Asssemblage, Deleuze and Guattari do in fact have a fully fledged theory of assemblages.

Understanding Society: Assemblage theory

Assemblage Theory University of Texas Theory. Anyway, there is another theory that points out society as relationships. Both delanfa and postmodernism and seemly both Deleuze and some of the above commentors fetishizes a certainty that is simply not possible in a dialogic social world that includes signs and utterances.

In A Thousand Delxnda, Deleuze and Guattari draw from dynamical systems theorywhich explores the way material systems self-organize, and extends the system to include that aassemblage the social, linguistic, and philosophical in order to create assemblage theory. Your summary at the end of the post appears reasonable, but is far assemblwge sensible and clear to have come from Deleuze, even if it is only the principle that is claimed to have done so.


Yes, Deleuze is difficult, but a sustained effort is wonderfully well-rewarded. A total description draws all phenomena around 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. Deterritorialization occurs when articulations are disarticulated and disconnected.

I’m presently engaged on a project that deploys the concept s of assemblage that you discuss, and I find that one of the challenges is to be clear about Deleuze, even as I use his concepts agencement included to open up new connections among materials and texts. 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 Bryant.


Although it is best known assemblae its controversial insistence on the agency of nonhumans, ANT is also associated with forceful critiques of conventional and critical sociology.

In that way, DeLanda offers a reconfiguration of the Deleuzian concepts that provides a more robust theoretical framework for analyzing assemblages.

Elsewhere I have shown at length how this general logic of assemblages can be used as a method of concrete political analysis, 1 but the focus of this paper is to show the theory behind the analysis. Given that assemhlage 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 we expect?


Views Read Edit View history. 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.

This post fell too quick into objectivism and chose respectively the worst and the best objectivistic ‘philosophers’ to complain about assemblaeg their insufficient clarity and their lack of analytical specificity. Lang, Peter New York. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And probably it is an old-fashioned one.

Posted by Daniel Little at 8: I became Nitzschean when I studied sociology of knowledge. Contact Contact Us Help. 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 website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. When some other scholar explains them, Deleuze becomes brilliant and clear, and it is difficult for me not dekanda agree with him.

This very anglo-american scholastic aim to get clear what is already clear, and to retraduce into academic language notions and concepts that have their own consistency and coinage, is totally noxious for philosophy itself.

First, Daniel, I applaud your efforts to understand Deleuze and Guattari.