This book posits that a singular paradigm in social theory can be discovered by reconstructing the conceptual grammar of Gabriel Tarde’s micro-sociology and by understanding the ways in which Gilles Deleuze’s micro-politics and Michel Foucault’s micro-physics have engaged with it. This is articulated in the infinite social multiplicity-invention-imitation-opposition-open system. Guided by infinitist ontology and an epistemology of infinitesimal difference, this paradigm offers a micro-socio-logic capable of producing new ways of understanding social life and its vicissitudes. In the field of social theory, this can be called the infinitesimal revolution.
About the Author
Sergio Tonkonoff is Researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina. He teaches contemporary sociological theory at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Table of Contents
1. Tarde and the Infinitesimal Sociology
2. Social Change: Inventions, Oppositions, Individuals, and Crowds
3. Microphysics and Microsociology: Foucault as Reader of Tarde
4. Contagion, Struggle, and Creation: the Heritage of Tarde in Deleuze's Social Theory
5. Towards a New Relational Paradigm in Social Theory