Complexity Theory, Deleuze and Guattari’s Affective Assemblage Theory and the Courtroom as Affective Assemblage

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This chapter continues the philosophically advanced exploration of the theoretical framework by focusing upon two major theories of the organisation of complex social assemblages. The first theory is that of complexity science and complexity theory, with the central concepts of self-organisation, emergence, order-out-of-chaos and transformation in social organisation. The second is the assemblage theory developed by Deleuze and Guattari on conceptualising social organisation in terms of the doubly articulated semiotic regime and material regime and in terms of operations of territorialisation, deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation. In conclusion, we consider what it means to reconceptualise the courtroom as an affective assemblage.


Complexity theory and science Affective assemblages Territorialisation Deterritorialisation Reterritorialisation Semiotic and material regimes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Institute for Applied Health ResearchUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Liverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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