New materialism

Nick J Fox, P Alldred

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The new materialisms are a range of contemporary perspectives in the arts, humanities and social sciences that have in common a theoretical and practical ‘turn to matter’. Many new materialists treat their work as discontinuous with the historical materialism of Hegel and Marx, whereas others recognise a connection via the micropolitical working of power, politics and biopolitics. The materiality addressed in these new materialisms is relational, plural, open, complex, uneven and contingent; cuts across dualistic boundaries between natural and social worlds; and for some new materialist scholars is invested with a vitality or liveliness. Despite divergences within this materialist portfolio, all may be characterised as post-humanist and post-anthropocentric, shifting humans from the central focus of attention in social inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAGE Research Methods Foundations
EditorsPaul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug, Richard A. Williams
PublisherSage Publications
ISBN (Electronic)9781526421036
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


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