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Assemblage theory and its discontents

Journal Article


Abstract


  • At least since the publication of Taylor Webb’s landmark work Teacher Assemblage there has been a high level of interest in Deleuze and Guattari’s work in Education Studies. Undoubtedly the major reason for this interest is the perceived close connection between Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the assemblage and Foucault’s concepts of power and governmentality. Webb explicitly situates his work at this intersection of these three concepts, with the aim of using the combination to map the effects of surveillance on teachers (Webb 2009: 30). Webb’s work offers a salient reminder too that assemblage theory, at its origin in the work of Deleuze and Guattari, was always concerned about questions of power. This aspect of assemblage theory is all too often forgotten, making the assemblage seem as though it is merely another way of saying something is complicated. This reminder is urgently needed because assemblage theory is rapidly gathering a significant following in the human and social sciences.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. (2015). Assemblage theory and its discontents. Deleuze Studies, 9 (3), 382-392.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2386

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 382

End Page


  • 392

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • At least since the publication of Taylor Webb’s landmark work Teacher Assemblage there has been a high level of interest in Deleuze and Guattari’s work in Education Studies. Undoubtedly the major reason for this interest is the perceived close connection between Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the assemblage and Foucault’s concepts of power and governmentality. Webb explicitly situates his work at this intersection of these three concepts, with the aim of using the combination to map the effects of surveillance on teachers (Webb 2009: 30). Webb’s work offers a salient reminder too that assemblage theory, at its origin in the work of Deleuze and Guattari, was always concerned about questions of power. This aspect of assemblage theory is all too often forgotten, making the assemblage seem as though it is merely another way of saying something is complicated. This reminder is urgently needed because assemblage theory is rapidly gathering a significant following in the human and social sciences.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. (2015). Assemblage theory and its discontents. Deleuze Studies, 9 (3), 382-392.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2386

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 382

End Page


  • 392

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom