As the title of this book suggests and as argued in Chapter 1, the task for place
theory is to move from conceptions of place as stabilized being towards places of
becoming. A key theoretical base for this lies in Deleuzian philosophy and
particularly in the conceptual toolkit outlined in Deleuze and Guattari’s (1987)
book A Thousand Plateaus. ‘Place’ is not a concept deployed in this literature,
indeed the language of A Thousand Plateaus is difficult and esoteric. My aim is
to render it more transparent, and to construct a theory of place as assemblage.
A key guide in this task is De Landa (2006), whose construction of a Deleuzian