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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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The Others of Hierarchy: Rhizomatics of Organising

The Others of Hierarchy: Rhizomatics of Organising

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(p.58) Chapter 3 The Others of Hierarchy: Rhizomatics of Organising
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Deleuze and the Social
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Martin Kornberger

Carl Rhodes

René ten Bos

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620920.003.0003

This chapter focuses on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's view on the rhizomatics of organising. It discusses Deleuze and Guattari's argument against the very concept of the ‘signifying totality’ that dominates and organises contemporary thinking. It analyses the relevant works of Charles Bukowski and his character Henry Chinaski. It suggests that Chinaski seems relatively unique in his willingness and capability to live an extreme form of rhizomatic life and that it is indeed problematic to see his rupture with the post office as some form of exemplar of how one might deal with the demands that organisation might place on people at work.

Keywords:   rhizomatics of organising, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, signifying totality, Charles Bukowski, Henry Chinaski, rhizomatic life

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