Deleuze & Guattari: Democrats

Mark Purcell has a good post up over at “Paths to the Possible,” discussing the relationship between Deleuze and Guattari and radical democracy, and in addition he probes the potentials for theoretical overlap between their project and the spacial analytics of Henri Lefebvre. Both elements, I believe, speak mountains when rendered in the context of the ongoing bottom-up social movements that have been dotting the globe for the past couple of years, and Purcell too notes this with a special nod to Spain. Good read!

Path to the Possible

Sorry for the delay in posting new things.  I have just returned from the Lisbon and the Deleuze Studies Conference, and Dublin and the AESOP/ACSP planning conference.  Here is the text of my talk at the Deleuze Studies conference, arguing that D&G are basically democrats (understood the way I understand democracy), but that Lefebvre is an essential addition to D&G if we want to think space well.

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For Urban Democracy

Introduction

Deleuze and Guattari rarely use the word democracy. So it may seem strange at first that this paper argues that it is both possible and fruitful to read in their work a deep desire for democracy. When I say democracy, I don’t mean the liberal-democratic State with its elected representatives, parties, and laws. Rather I mean radical democracy, a democracy in which people directly manage their own affairs for themselves. Democracy as a form of life in which the…

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