Journal article

Inside the Research-Assemblage: New Materialism and the Micropolitics of Social Inquiry

Nick J Fox, Pam Alidred

SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This paper explores social inquiry in terms of the 'research-assemblages' that produce knowledge from events. We use the precepts of new materialism (and specifically DeleuzoGuattarian assemblage ontology) to develop understanding of what happens when social events are researched. From this perspective, research is not at root an enterprise undertaken by human actors, but a machine-like assemblage of things, people, ideas, social collectivities and institutions. During social inquiry, the affect economies of an event-assemblage and a research-assemblage hybridise, generating a third assemblage with its own affective flow. This model of the research-assemblage reveals a micropolitics of socia..

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