The International Handbook on Social Innovation Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 12: Towards a Deleuzean-inspired methodology for social innovation research and practice
Gilles Deleuze claimed that the question of innovation – the production of the new, novelty or creativity – is one of the fundamental questions of contemporary thought. One of the main issues driving Deleuze’s work was to discover how the production of something new might be possible. As he wrote, ‘The new . . . calls forth forces in thought that are not the forces of recognition, today or tomorrow, but the powers of a completely other model, from an unrecognized and unrecognisable terra incognita’ (Deleuze 1994, p. 136). Resonating with Deleuze’s discussion of innovation and the new, the concept of social innovation developed in this Handbook rejects traditional, technology-focussed applications of ‘innovation’, preferring instead ‘a more nuanced reading which valorises the knowledge and cultural assets of communities and which foregrounds the creative reconfiguration of social relations’ (MacCallum et al. 2009b, p. 2).
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