When one considers assembling something, it’s essentially joining something together, pretty much joining the dots to make an end product. Thus there are two elements to assembling something, the actual ‘things’ to be assembled and the relationship between the ‘things.’ 
But what does this relationship entail? 


French thinker, Bruno Latour has divised an Actor-Network Theory (ANT) who describes that within a network there are both human and non-human “actants.” Objects act as a part of a social network. 

For example, take humans and an iPad. iPads being the ‘non-human’ actant. In order to form a social audience, an ipad and human must interact to form an assemblage. They in some way ‘communicate’ forming a human bond and interaction. This idea has been controversial as this relationship does not relate to the similarities of non-humans

For instance, a sociologist might take silk and nylon as intermediaries, holding that the former “means”, “reflects”, or “symbolises” the upper classes and the latter the lower classes. In such a view the real world silk–nylon difference is irrelevant — presumably many other material differences could also, and do also, transport this class distinction. But taken as mediators these fabrics would have to be engaged with by the analyst in their specificity: the internal real-world complexities of silk and nylon suddenly appear relevant, and are seen as actively constructing the ideological class distinction which they once merely reflected. (idea from Wikipedia)

This idea thus makes assemblages into stages. An assemblage is formed, then binding with another ‘actant’ to form another assemblage. 

  • the Actor-network
    When considering this theory, the word ‘network’ is largely discussed. The ‘shape’ of the network, when considering an assemblent of something, is changing. Network refers to a transformation that is not “deformed,” which is unsupported by ANT as the many different levels of assemblages results in many different translations of the original assemblage (as described above). 

Thus, when something is assembled, all components can be considered all under the same branch of the wider-bigger assemblage

An example of this is a car-

A car is an example of a complex system. It contains many electronic and mechanicalcomponents, all of which are essentially hidden from view to the driver, who simply deals with the car as a single object.

-this is considered as punctualisation