‘Experimentation in Contact with the Real’: Networking with Deleuze & Guattari

By Annelies Kamp.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper draws on data from a longitudinal case study of a Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) instituted by the state government in Victoria in the arena of post-compulsory education and training to explore the possibilities of a new approach to thinking about networks, their formation and operation, one that is inspired by ‘A Thousand Plateaus’ (Deleuze & Guattari, 1987). Using a rhizomatic approach, my focus is on the middle—the plateau—a space that is made of lines moving in multiple directions. Looking at the middle disrupts taken-for-granted understandings and perceptions of linearity; it is in considering middles and plateaus that it is possible to move beyond a concern with joining-up ‘fixed’ entities within existing, and constrained, ways of knowing and, in the process, finding new ways of understanding and realizing the potential of a phenomenon that is ‘fast becoming a standard explanation of structure and action in both the public and private domain’ (Considine, 2002).

Keywords: Deleuze, Rhizome, Post-compulsory Education, Networking, Capacity-building

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.165-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 797.631KB).

Dr. Annelies Kamp

Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Political & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Dublin City University, Melbourne, Ireland

Annelies Kamp has published extensively on post-compulsory education and training, youth transition and social inclusion. Her research is currently focused on exploring the nature and experience of youth employment and the role of education and training in the development and support of productive worker-learner identities. Annelies continues to research and theorize node-activity and the development of social capital in learning networks.

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