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Returning to Revolution

Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo

Thomas Nail

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An account of the concept of revolution in the work of Deleuze and Guattari

We are witnessing the return of political revolution. However, this is not a return to the classical forms of revolution: the capture of the state, the political representation of the party, the centrality of the proletariat or the leadership of the vanguard. After the failure of such tactics over the last century, revolutionary strategy is now headed in an entirely new direction.

This book argues that Deleuze, Guattari and the Zapatistas are at the theoretical and practical heart of this new direction. Returning to Revolution is the first full-length book devoted to Deleuze and Guattari's concept of revolution and to their connection with Zapatismo.

Key features

  • Outlines the theoretical and practical origins of the return to political revolution
  • Provides the first full-length account of Deleuze and Guattari's relationship to a concrete revolutionary struggle

Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text
Preface
Introduction
1. Political History and the Diagnostic of Revolutionary Praxis
2. Intervention and the Future Anterior
3. The Body Politic and the Process of Participation
4. Political Affinity and Singular-Universal Solidarity
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

About the Author

Thomas Nail is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver. He is the author of Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press, 2015), Theory of the Border (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Between Deleuze and Foucault (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

Reviews

From Deleuze-Guattari to the Zapatistas and the Occupy movement, there is a long line of flight and an intertwining of subjective potencies that define, both theoretically and practically, the return of revolutionary action – which is traced here by Thomas Nail. This return to action is not dispersed in the molecular plurality of social movements, nor is it confused with any ideal prefiguration of the common, but instead produces new political bodies and strategic participation. Well done Nail!

- Antonio Negri

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