Crime as an Assemblage

Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Criminology, 2020

12 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2020

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This article seeks to make an original contribution to criminology and the sociology of crime and punishment by elaborating the ‘assemblage’, a concept which originates in the collaborative poststructuralist philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and discussing its ontological implications for researching crime. I will first introduce the concept and its application. I then discuss the relationship between the assemblage and Michel Foucault’s concept of the dispositif. I demonstrate how the assemblage could be used to analyze crime events and discuss questions of change and scale within the assemblage. I conclude by outlining some implications for how adopting this concept would change the way we practice and research crime and punishment.

Keywords: Assemblage, Ontology, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Crime, Dispositif

Suggested Citation

Crockett Thomas, Phil, Crime as an Assemblage (2020). Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Criminology, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3706257

Phil Crockett Thomas (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

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