chapter  3
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The Rhizome

Researching the Physically Active Body from a Deleuzian Perspective
WithPirkko Markula

Rhizome is a type of root that multiplies in all directions without a single base. Deleuze (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987) used the image of a rhizome to think differently from the modernist state philosophy that he labelled the “tree model”: all thought, while having multiple branches, is supported by one root. The tree model, Deleuze demonstrated, limits our thinking within the confines of the dominant strata. In this chapter, I intend to highlight how research, particularly qualitative research methodology, on the physically active body can benefit from Deleuze’s rhizomatic thought.