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Title: Rendering assemblage dialectical
Authors: Campbell, Stephen 
Keywords: Social sciences::Sociology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Campbell, S. (2021). Rendering assemblage dialectical. Anthropological Theory, 21(2), 228-247.
Journal: Anthropological Theory
Abstract: Within anthropology, assemblage theory has achieved broad disciplinary traction, yet the theory’s philosophical premises are rarely explored. This article therefore revisits the Deleuzian notion of difference that underpins assemblage theory as a step towards rendering the theory more consonant with a relational anthropology. In place of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s conception of discrete elements related only externally to each other within an assemblage, I propose a dialectical conception, whereby assemblage is taken to be a heterogeneous ensemble whose constituent elements also relate to each other internally. To arrive at this understanding, I examine the dialectical logic of Theodore Adorno. I then consider the implications of a dialectical notion of assemblage for recent work on the anthropology of capitalism.
ISSN: 1463-4996
DOI: 10.1177/1463499619875904
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). All rights reserved.
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