: 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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Assemblage theory provides a bottom-up framework for analyzing social complexity by emphasizing fluidity, exchangeability, and multiple functionalities. In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari draw from dynamical systems theorywhich explores the way material systems self-organize, and extends the system to include that of the social, linguistic, and philosophical in order to create assemblage theory.

A constellation, like any assemblage, is made up of imaginative contingent articulations among myriad heterogeneous elements. In composing a territory, there exists the creation of hierarchical bodies, in the process of stratification.


The example constellation thus defines the relationships with the bodies around it and the way the universe is viewed. Forms of content, also known as material forms, include the assemblage of human and nonhuman bodies, actions, and reactions.

Forms of expression include incorporeal enunciations, acts, and statements. Deterritorialization occurs when articulations are disarticulated and disconnected.

In his book, DeLanda draws from Deleuze and Guattari to further argue that social bodies on all scales are best analyzed through their individual components.

Understanding Society: Assemblage theory

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

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