In her Ph.D. dissertation Maria Mackinney-Valentin develops a sixth position for understanding trend mechanisms. This position draws inspiration from the rhizome, a botanical phenomenon that was developed into a philosophical concept by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. A rhizome is a particular type of root system that spreads horizontally without an organising centre or a fixed point of origin. Examples include ground elder and certain types of ferns. The rhizomatic position lets us view trend mechanisms as an organic dynamic that develops relatively slowly rather than an endless series of revolutions taking place over time at an ever increasing rate.
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