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Assemblages

WithRita Abrahamsen

This chapter suggests that as an approach to the study of the global, assemblage thinking provides productive openings for the generation of new critical knowledge and the identification and formulation of new problematics that escapes the reach of many more conventional approaches and methods. It identifies some common features that unite the otherwise diverse and unruly analyses that employ the assemblage concept, before discussing in more depth what this entails methodologically for empirical analyses of the global. As a method, assemblage thinking is a tool for empirical investigation and in an international political sociology it provides a methodological entry point for the analysis of diverse global dynamics and how they come together in various localities, combining a range of institutions, technologies, individuals, practices, discourses, rationalities and so forth. The on transformation and fluidity can similarly lead to a neglect of durability and stasis.