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A new philosophy of society : assemblage theory and social complexity

Author: Manuel De Landa
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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4e de couv.: In this important new book, Manuel DeLanda, distinguished writer, artist and philosopher, offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by an extraordinary social complexity. Since most social entities, from small communities to large nation-states, would disappear altogether if human minds ceased to exist, DeLanda proposes a novel approach to social ontology that asserts the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Manuel De Landa
ISBN: 9780826491695 0826491693
OCLC Number: 1040743781
Description: 142 p.
Contents: 1. Assemblages against totalities --
2. Assemblages against essences --
3. Persons and networks --
4. Organisations and governments --
5. Cities and nations
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4e de couv.: In this important new book, Manuel DeLanda, distinguished writer, artist and philosopher, offers a fascinating look at how the contemporary world is characterized by an extraordinary social complexity. Since most social entities, from small communities to large nation-states, would disappear altogether if human minds ceased to exist, DeLanda proposes a novel approach to social ontology that asserts the autonomy of social entities from the conceptions we have of them. DeLanda argues that Gilles Deleuze's theory of assemblages provides a framework in which sociologists and geographers studying social networks and regions can properly locate their work and fully elucidate the connections between them. Indeed, assemblage theory, as DeLanda argues, can be used to model any community, from interpersonal networks and institutional organizations, to central governments, cities and nation states. This highly original book takes the reader on a journey that starts with personal relations and climbs up one scale at a time all the way to territorial states and beyond. Only by experiencing this upward movement can we get a sense of the irreducible social complexity that characterizes the contemporary world.

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