As a model, the rhizome resists the organizational structure of the root-tree system. It is an organic metaphor, characterized by actions that ‘ceaselessly establish connections between living creatures, forms of language and communication, influences of power, and circumstances relative to the arts, sciences, and social struggles.’ Rather than narrativize history and culture, the rhizome presents them as maps that include a vast array of attractions and influences with no specific origin or genesis. A ‘rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, always between things, interbeing. The movement of the rhizome resists chronology and typical organization, instead it favors a nomadic system of growth and propagation. “Rhizome” is an evolving term that stems from the theories of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.
Christopher Iwestel Kinman, MSc., M.DIV.
Christopher is a family therapist, photographer, poet, and musician. He is also a Taos Institute Associate. For more information, visit Christopher’s profile page.
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