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A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity

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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 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 ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 2006)
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May 19, 2014 Lukáš rated it really liked it
I'd say deLanda is at his best when following Deleuze closely. This book is both there and quite away from it at times. What I really like about the author is the honesty with which he deliberately brackets out many parts of the more detailed Deleuzoguattarean philosophy in order to focus on rather general patterns. In this sense, the book works as an excellent broad synthesis of almost everything (history, sociology, political economy, biology, philosophy). On the other, at times the slip towar ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Yalda rated it really liked it
Between reading the book and watching his EGS lectures on assemblage theory, watching those lectures is definitely a better option. He is basically presenting the same material, only more straightforward.
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Sep 30, 2013 Basma Abdallah Uraiqat rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting read. The five chapters are quite diverse but at the same time are unified in the general theme of assembly theory which the writer uses to for his new philosophy of society. One of the great things about it is that being based on the theories of Deleuze, which are known to be quite difficult reads, the writer simplifies many of Deleuze's concepts and makes practical use of them allowing the reader to form a better understanding of these concepts. It is necessary howev ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This was perhaps not the right place to begin my introduction to the arguments of DeLanda, one of Deleuze's most important contemporary interpreters. Though I found the first two chapters occasionally interesting and compelling, the remainder of the book is given to a somewhat hurried, boilerplate sociology of different kinds of formations (persons, networks, organizations, states, etc.). The treatment of these various assemblages is not done with sufficient depth or incisiveness to see how asse ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Danyell rated it really liked it
Brilliant effort, The first 45 pages, in which De Landa describes his adaptation of Deleuze's assemblage theory to social analysis, demand a lot of work (hint: don't read that part while on public transportation or in noisy places). Also it seems too short by half, as if some external pressure forced the book into printing early. The promised example analysis of the USA never shows up. If that was meant to be left as an exercise to the reader, it's a whopper of a homework assignment. Still, more ...more
Cameron Kunzelman
Jan 27, 2014 Cameron Kunzelman rated it it was amazing
DeLanda does a great job of making assemblage theory very clear and showing how it can be applied to various structures at various sizes.
Matt Webb
Jun 28, 2008 Matt Webb rated it liked it
I think my problem with Delanda is, though I find the framework incredibly useful, he plays fast and loose with evidence--which to be honest is not really required. You could colour every page of this book green or red depending on whether his analysis is solid, or whether he's speculating/simplifying/making stuff up while continuing to use strong, confident language.
May 13, 2015 mahatma rated it liked it
Recommends it for: architect theorists
manuel delanda adalah 'penerjemah' gagasan filosofis deleuze ke ranah arsitektur. itu sebabnya niat banget aku baca buku kecil ini, setelah buku pertamanya "a thousand years of nonlinear history" [halah... judulnya aja deleuzian banget, mirip: "thousand plateaus"nya deleuze+guatarri]
Jeremy Griffith
May 02, 2013 Jeremy Griffith rated it really liked it
This is as refreshingly piercing and clear as the rest of DeLanda's work, but I think that his EGS lectures, available on youtube, are a better delivery of the same material.
Apr 13, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about assemblages and their application to analysis in the social sciences.
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Manuel De Landa (b. in Mexico City, 1952), based in New York since 1975, is a philosopher, media artist, programmer and software designer. After studying art in the 1970s, he became known as an independent filmmaker making underground 8mm and 16mm films inspired by critical theory and philosophy. In the 1980s, Manuel De Landa focused on programing, writing computer software, and computer art. Afte ...more
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