Assemblage, place and globalisation

Michael Woods, Francesca Fois, Jesse Heley, Laura Jones, Anthonia Ijeoma Onyeahialam, Samantha Saville, Marc Welsh

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Relational perspectives have become pre‐eminent in geographical analysis of globalisation and its impacts in reshaping places, yet arguably leave unanswered questions about precisely how globalisation is reproduced through local places in practice. This paper seeks to extend and enhance the relational approach to globalisation and place by drawing on theoretical insights from assemblage thinking to articulate a methodological framework for empirical research. It draws on DeLanda's iteration of Deleuzoguattarian assemblage thinking to explore how the concepts of the exteriority of relations, territorialisation, coding, and multiplicity provide insights into the dynamics through which interactions between places and translocal assemblages affect changes in the properties and capacities of places and of their component parts, the internal adjustment of places to changes in components, and the possible future forms that a place may take following specific interactions. As such, the framework outlined advances relational analysis by permitting deeper analysis of the mechanics through which individual places endure and change in the context of globalisation and how these produce uneven geographies of globalisation. The discussion is illustrated by examples from empirical research on globalisation and rural localities.

The paper develops an assemblage framework for studying the transformation of places in globalisation. Drawing on DeLanda, it directs attention to interactions between places and translocal assemblages, processes of (de)territorialisation and (de)coding, and how certain outcomes prevail over others. Guidelines are outlined for empirical application of the framework in case study research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-298
Number of pages15
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Issue number2
Early online date23 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021


  • DeLanda
  • assemblage
  • globalisation
  • place
  • relationality
  • territorialisation


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