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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

Against the Strata
Against the strata

Deleuze and Guattari construct a theory of escape from the dominant powers operating within society. They aim to liberate desire by reinvesting it within the social formation that produced it. For the repression of desire had produced the illusion of desire wanting something outside of itself – a ‘displaced representation’. Stratification works through this displacement, for when desire is invested in a representation, it no longer assembles operative components. Simulacra are signs produced by machinic formations other than those which have produced the desire. The conjugation of desire and a simulacrum, such as a face, does not build any intrinsic productive relation between the two – for desire is not able to change the face, nor itself, through such an ...

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