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Deleuze and the Social$
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Martin Fuglsang and Bent Meier Sorensen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620920

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620920.001.0001

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Society with/out Organs

Society with/out Organs

(p.230) (p.231) Chapter 12 Society with/out Organs
Deleuze and the Social

Niels Albertsen

Bülent Diken

Edinburgh University Press

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

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