rhizomatic analysis

A method of analysis described by Deleuze and Guattari (1987). It is adapted by Leander and Rowe (2006) to be applied to classroom literacy performances.

According to Leander and Rowe, rhizomatic analysis is related to actor network theory and complexity science.

We used rhizomatic analysis as conceived by Leander and Rowe, along with memetic analysis, in our 2008 AERA methods paper.

Rhizomes in this context are an analogy to rhizomes in nature. Rhizomatic relations are seen in roots, particularly things like crabgrass that grow in every direction at once. They are contrasted with arborescent, or tree-like, relations that are hierarchical.

Key Concepts

asignifying ruptures
lines of flight
lines of segmentarity