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Deleuze and Research Methodologies

Edited by Rebecca Coleman, Jessica Ringrose

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Shows how Deleuze's philosophy is shaking up research in the humanities and social sciences

Deleuzian thinking is having a significant impact on research practices in the Social Sciences not least because one of its key implications is the demand to break down the false divide between theory and practice. This book brings together international academics from a range of Social Science and Humanities disciplines to reflect on how Deleuze's philosophy is opening up and shaping methodologies and practices of empirical research.

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Introduction: Deleuze and Research Methodologies, Rebecca Coleman and Jessica Ringrose
1. Deleuze and Guatarri in the Nursery: Towards an Ethnographic Multi-Sensory Mapping of Gendered Bodies and Becomings, Emma Renold and David Mellor
2. Mobile Sections and Flowing Matter in Participant-Generated Video: Exploring a Deleuzian Approach to Visual Sociology, Carol A. Taylor
3. More-Than-Human Visual Analysis: Witnessing and Evoking Affect in Human-Nonhuman Interactions, Jamie Lorimer
4. Affect as Method: Feelings, Aesthetics and Affective Pedagogy, Anna Hickey-Moody
5. Desire Undone: Productions of Privilege, Power, and Voice, Lisa A. Mazzei
6. Data-as-Machine: A Deleuzian Becoming, Alecia Youngblood Jackson
7. Looking and Desiring Machines: A Feminist Deleuzian Mapping of Bodies and Affect, Jessica Ringrose and Rebecca Coleman
8. Disrupting ‘Anorexia Nervosa’: An Ethnography of the Deleuzian Event, Sarah Dyke
9. Classification or Wonder? Coding as an Analytic Practice in Qualitative Research, Maggie MacLure
10. Activating Micropolitical Practices in the Early Years: (Re)assembling Bodies and Participant Observations, Mindy Blaise
11. Researching Pedagogical Apparatus (Dispotifs): An Ethnography of the Molar, Molecular and Desire in Contexts of Extreme Urban Poverty, Silvia M. Grinberg
12. Lost in Data Space: Using Nomadic Analysis to Perform Social Science, David R. Cole
Notes on contributors

About the Author

Rebecca Coleman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London where her research focuses on temporality and the future, and surface studies. She has previously published The Becoming of Bodies: Girls, Images, Experience (Manchester University Press, 2009), an empirical study that develops a Deleuzian argument about how teenage girls experience their bodies through images. She has recently finished a book called Transforming Images: Screens, Affect, Futures (Routledge).

Jessica Ringrose is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is interested in feminist psychosocial and poststructural theories and methodologies. She has researched and written extensively on gender and sexual identities among teens, exploring issues such as uses of digital technology, heterosexualized aggression in peer cultures and cyber-bullying. She has two new books: Gendered Regulations and Resistances in Education (Routledge), and Postfeminist Education? Girls and the Sexual Politics of Schooling (Routledge).


Deleuze and Research Methodologies, edited by Rebecca Coleman and Jessica Ringrose, succeeds in three ways. Firstly, it offers a space where Deleuzian thinking and methodological questions intersect. This provides a fresh contribution to the literature on research methodologies. Secondly … the articles in the book invite the researcher to reconsider concepts and techniques such as data, survey, mapping, performativity, power and pedagogy in the context of visual production. Thirdly, through the overarching conceptual discussions and the individual empirical processes of the contributors, the book offers new perspectives on well-used but nevertheless knotty Deleuzian concepts such as ‘becoming’, ‘nomadic’, ‘affect’ and ‘desire’.

- Pelin Tan, Mardin Artuklu University,Turkey, Visual Studies

Not only does this book succeed to instil Deleuze’s philosophy into social science research methodology but it also achieves something even more intriguing and unexpected: it brings back into current Deleuzian scholarship the vanishing social, material and animal liveliness of Deleuze’s own philosophy – a fine toolbox for any social researcher to draw on.

- Dimitris Papadopoulos, Reader in Sociology and Organisation, University of Leicester

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