New materialism, micropolitics and the everyday production of gender-related violence

Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-5077-7286, 2022. New materialism, micropolitics and the everyday production of gender-related violence. Social Sciences, 11 (9): 380. ISSN 2076-0760

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This paper assesses how a new materialist ontology can inform the sociological study of gender-related violence (GRV). The new materialisms are relational rather than essentialist; post-anthropocentric as opposed to humanist; and replace dualisms such as agency/structure, reason/emotion and micro/macro with a monist or ‘flat’ ontology. To make sense of GRV from within this ontology, we explore violence as assemblages of human and non-human matter and draw upon the DeleuzoGuattarian micropolitical concepts of ‘the war machine’ and ‘lines of flight’. While violence may supply a protagonist with new capacities (a line of flight), it typically closes down or constrains the capacities of one or more other parties in a violence-assemblage. This theoretical exploration establishes the basis for a methodological approach to studying GRV empirically, using a Deleuzian toolkit of affects, assemblages, capacities and micropolitics. The paper concludes with an assessment of what is gained from this new materialist ontology of GRV.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social Sciences
Creators: Fox, N.J. and Alldred, P.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 24 August 2022
Volume: 11
Number: 9
ISSN: 2076-0760
Rights: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 30 Aug 2022 10:33
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 10:33

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