Set and Subset of Assemblages

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Set And Subset of Assemblages
Devanshi Purohit

Each assemblage is an emergent entity which can combine with others to produce ever larger assemblages; both assemblages and their component parts are thus characterized by reciprocal relations of exteriority (Parr, 2005). This statement poses a question that whether it can be considered that each assemblage is made up of smaller assemblages as well as there is a larger universal assemblage that each assemblage is a part of.

Robert Beauregard's essay, In Search of Assemblages, suggests how assemblage thinking can be one applicable planning approach. "Most importantly, they(assemblages) are also practically useful; if properly constituted, assemblages contain all of the actors(and forces) relevant for the design of a planning intervention." (Beauregard). It can be considered that the city is made of multiple partially localized assemblages built of heterogeneous networks, spaces, and practices. Similarly, assemblage thinking can also be applied to scrutinize complexities in social, political, cultural and spatial systems. Moreover, Actor-Network theory being one of the theoretical perspectives that led to assemblage thinking. This theory suggests the subjectivity of each actor that is the part of an assemblage and that the actions of each actor are dependent of the other actors and factors of the network. Consequently, the same actor may or may not play the same role in different networks.

One can visualize various overlaps within different assemblages. Furthermore, one can also argue that the heterogeneous networks that form assemblages are assemblages themselves. Each assemblage is an emergent entity which can combine with others to produce ever larger assemblages; both assemblages and their component parts are thus characterized by reciprocal relations of exteriority (Parr, 2005). Taking reference from principles of Set Theory, it can also be considered that each assemblage is made up of...
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