Category Archives: Rhizomatic change

Society of the Rhizome

It is naïve to invoke a rhizomatic mode of organization as a means of contestation and as an alternative to global capitalism since it has become what they have in common rather than what holds them apart. The rhizome is … Continue reading

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A Rhizome based Economy: Topology of Sustainability and Fulfilled Ontogeny

The goal of this post is to outline a concrete framework for establishing a new economy based on rhizome structure that provides negative feedback against encroaching hierarchy, that ensures environmental sustainability, and that maximizes its compatibility with human ontogeny. I … Continue reading

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Lines of Flight: Does the Locavore Movement Offer an Alternative to Corporatism?

Deleuze and Guattari provide a theoretical paradigm uniquely fitted for thinking through the significance of the locavore movement in conjunction with the contemporary social system of corporatism. Their schizoanalysis draws links between environmental, social, political, and economical elements yielding a … Continue reading

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The Problem of Growth – A Rhizome form of Social Organization Approach

At the most basic level, then, an alternative to hierarchy and a solution to the problem of growth must address this issue of dependency. My proposed alternative—what I call “rhizome”—begins at exactly this point. The first principle of rhizome is … Continue reading

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The cyclical process of action research – The contribution of Gilles Deleuze

Read Action Research is normally described as both a cyclical process and a participatory (democratic/egalitarian) undertaking. This article does not seek to contest the idiosyncrasies and pragmatics of the cyclical process involved in action research. Rather, it seeks to enrich … Continue reading

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Globalization as Rhizome: A Case Study of the Late Nineteenth-Century Global Book Trade

This paper applies Deleuze and Guattari’s concept to analyze the growth of the global trade in English-language books, as this development is indicative of how a rhizomic model of globalization captures the nonlinear path growth sometimes seems to follow. Moreover,  … Continue reading

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Rhizome and Central Place Theory

Unplanning has an excellent post that re-introduces Walther Christaller’s venerable Central Place Theory and discusses it continuing role in a low-energy world. The theory, and Unplanner’s post, call into question the validity of a rhizome-lattice structure because such a lattice … Continue reading

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Rhizomatic Bodies: Thinking through the Virtualities of Control Societies

Bhattacharyya’s treatment of globalization as “the only game in town” certainly resonates the rhizomatics of knowledge societies where in order to attain social control, it is necessary to compete on a global scale through differential accumulation. Bhattacharyya’s unique approach to … Continue reading

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Are Trends Becoming Obsolete? – A Rhizomatic position

In her Ph.D. dissertation Maria Mackinney-Valentin develops a sixth position for understanding trend mechanisms. This position draws inspiration from the rhizome, a botanical phenomenon that was developed into a philosophical concept by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. A rhizome is … Continue reading

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Rhizome: Guerrilla Media, Swarming and Asymmetric Politics in the 21st Century

Philosopher Philip Bobbitt, in his seminal work “The Shield of Achilles”, proposed that the 20th century was defined by the ideological conflicts between socialism, fascism and capitalism. These competing ideologies purported to offer the hierarchal control structure most suited to … Continue reading

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