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Deleuze and Politics

Edited by Ian Buchanan, Nicholas Thoburn

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This volume in the Deleuze Connections series debates and extends Deleuze's political thought through engagement with contemporary political events and concepts.

Against recent critique of Deleuze as a non-political thinker, this book explores the specific innovations and interventions that Deleuze's profoundly political concepts bring to political thought and practice. The contributors use Deleuze's dynamic theoretical apparatus to engage with contemporary political problems, themes and possibilities, including micropolitics, cynicism, war, democracy, ethnicity, friendship, revolution, power, fascism, militancy, and fabulation. Approaching Deleuze's politics from the disciplines of political theory, philosophy, literature, cultural studies, and sociology, the book is designed to appeal to a diverse audience.

The essays in this volume focus on three key issues

  • The ontology of Deleuze's political philosophy
  • The philosophical debate between Deleuze and contemporary critical theory
  • The application of Deleuze's political philosophy to real-world events


Introduction, Ian Buchanan and Nicholas Thoburn
1. Power, Theory and Praxis, Ian Buchanan
2. Deleuze and the Political Ontology of ‘The Friend’ (philos), Gregg Lambert
3. Molecular Revolutions: the Paradox of Politics in the Work of Gilles Deleuze, Isabelle Garo
4. Schizoanalysis, Nomadology, Fascism, Eugene W. Holland
5. What is a Militant?, Nicholas Thoburn
6. Bourgeois Thermodynamics, Claire Colebrook
7. The Age of Cynicism: Deleuze and Guattari on the Production of Subjectivity in Capitalism, Jason Read
8. Deleuze, Materialism and Politics, Manuel DeLanda
9. Becoming-Democratic, Paul Patton
10. Theorising European Ethnic Politics with Deleuze and Guattari, Janell Watson
11. People and Fabulation, Philippe Mengue
12. Micropolitical Associations, Ralf Krause and Marc Rölli

About the Author

Ian Buchanan is Director of the Institute for Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong. He is the author of A Reader's Guide to Anti-Oedipus and Deleuzism: A Metacommentary, and Editor of the journal Deleuze Studies.

Nicholas Thoburn is a Lecturer in Sociology and Cultural Theory at the University of Manchester.

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