- Subject index
This accessible book examines critically the writings of Deleuze and Guattari, clarifying the ideas of these two notoriously difficult thinkers without over-simplifying them. Divided into three sections - Knowledge, Power, and Liberation of Desire - the book provides a systematic account of the intellectual context as well as an exhaustive analysis of the key themes informing Deleuze and Guattari's work. It provides the framework for reading the important and influential study Capitalism and Schizophrenia and, with the needs of students in mind, explains the key concepts in Deleuze and Guattari's discussion of philosophy, art and politics. Definitive and incisive, the book will be invaluable in situating the philosop
Chapter 9: The Society of Desire
The Society of Desire
Desire is collective: it is a quality of social relation that is actualized in collective production. It is a social plane that one constructs and a way of life within which one dwells, consisting of actual relations between people. Deleuze and Guattari's ‘utopia’, if one can use this concept at all, is neither an ideal society, nor the result of an anticipated historical development (1994: 99–100). Instead, it is immanent, ‘here and now’, present in the bonds that exist between people, even if such bonds quickly give way to betrayal (1994: 177). The aim of the politics of desire is to intensify these bonds between people.
The society of desire is not simply a loose, bohemian association of ...