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New Materialism

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By: Nick J Fox & Pam Alldred | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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New materialism is a term ascribed to a range of contemporary perspectives in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that have in common a theoretical and practical “turn to matter.” This turn emphasizes the materiality of the world and everything—social and natural—within it, and differentiates new materialisms from a poststructuralist focus upon texts, “systems of thought” and “discourses,” focusing upon social production rather than social construction (Deleuze & Guattari, 1984, p. 4). The materialities considered in new materialist approaches include human bodies; other animate organisms; material things; spaces, places, and the natural and built environment that these contain; and material forces including gravity and time. Also included may be abstract concepts, human constructs, and human epiphenomena such as imagination, memory, and thoughts; though not themselves ...

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