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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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Deleuzian Social Ontology and Assemblage Theory

Deleuzian Social Ontology and Assemblage Theory

(p.250) Chapter 13 Deleuzian Social Ontology and Assemblage Theory
Deleuze and the Social

Manuel DeLanda

Edinburgh University Press

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

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