Riding the lines of flight


  • Robin Usher Freelance consultant, Australia




Deleuze and Guattari, lines of flight, lifelong learning, electronic communication


Thinking about the future of educational research requires a conceptual resource that is itself both imaginative and multiple and at the same time articulates a world with those self-same characteristics. This is provided by the work of Deleuze and Guattari. Discussion of the future of research is located in a context of lifelong learning in the contemporary moment of ubiquitous electronic communication. I argue that the research process, contrary to the model of science, can be better understood as rhizomatic rather than arborescent and powered by desire rather than objectivity. Lifelong learning is a rhizome and requires a rhizomatic approach and sensibility on the part of the researcher. The hyper-connectivity of the Internet reinforces this development influencing the way research is carried out and the way its knowledge outcomes are distributed and used – a research without hierarchy and authority.


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How to Cite

Usher, R. (2010). Riding the lines of flight. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 1(1-2), 67–78. https://doi.org/10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0011