Rhizomes & Arborescence in Protest

A great new article in Environment & Planning D by Michael Woods et al. entitled ‘Rhizomic radicalism and arborescent advocacy: a Deleuzo-Guattarian reading of rural protest’ (subs. required). Their abstracted argument is that

the binary opposition of arborescent and rhizomic forms of political assemblage is misleading, and…that the spatial strategies associated with the state as an arborescent machine are critical to understanding both the lines of flight that produce periodic rhizomic flaring, and the entanglement of rhizomes and arborescent structures that mean that rhizomic politics never entirely escapes the arborescent.

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