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Assemblage, Transversality and Participation in the Neoliberal University

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh



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This paper develops a novel approach to what we call ‘participation as assemblage’ by drawing upon Félix Guattari’s foundational work on assemblage theory. We develop and ground our concerns by taking the reader through the details of a participatory development case study that we have been involved in from the Caribbean since the 1990s. Through unfolding this long story we explain how we have historically engaged different participatory literatures and today find Guattari’s work on transversality and ethico-aesthetics salient as a way into thinking through our central interest in participation as assemblage. Here both our case study and Guattari’s originating work on assemblage are further grounded by working through some salient relationships between experimental approaches to participatory development and the contemporary neoliberal University.

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Author(s): Pugh J, Grove K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Year: 2017

Volume: 35

Issue: 6

Pages: 1134-1152

Print publication date: 01/12/2017

Online publication date: 24/05/2017

Acceptance date: 20/04/2017

Date deposited: 12/06/2017

ISSN (print): 0263-7758

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3433

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0263775817709478



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