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Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics

1st Edition

Edited by Thomas Jellis, Joe Gerlach, John-David Dewsbury


252 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book examines Félix Guattari, the French psychoanalyst, philosopher, and radical activist, renowned for an energetic style of thought that cuts across conceptual, political, and institutional spheres.

Increasingly recognised as a key figure in his own right, Guattari’s influence in contemporary social theory and the modern social sciences continues to grow. From the ecosophy of hurricanes to the micropolitics of cinema, the book draws together a series of Guattarian motifs which animate the complexity of one of the twentieth century’s greatest and most enigmatic thinkers. The book examines techniques and modes of thought that contribute to a liberation of thinking and subjectivity. Divided thematically into three parts – ‘cartographies’, ‘ecologies’, and ‘micropolitics’ – each chapter showcases the singular and pragmatic grounds by which Guattari’s signature concepts can be found to be both disruptive to traditional modes of thinking, and generative toward novel forms of ethics, politics and sociality.

This interdisciplinary compendium on Guattari’s exciting, experimental, and enigmatic thought will appeal to academics and postgraduates within Social Theory, Human Geography, and Continental Philosophy.

Table of Contents



Gary Genosko

Part 1 Cartographies

1. Through a net darkly: spatial expression from glossematics to schizoanalysis

Marcus A. Doel and David B. Clarke

2. Mapping the Unconscious

Manola Antonioli

3. Guattari’s incorporeal materialism: From individuation to aesthetics (and back again)

Tom Roberts

4. Metamodelizing the Territory: On Teddy Cruz’s Diagrammatic Urbanism

Christoph Brunner

5. Schizoanalytic Cartographies

Anne Querrien

6. Refrains of lost time: collapse, refrain, abstract

J-D Dewsbury

Part 2 Ecologies

7. The (Schizo)analysis of Value in the ‘Age of Innovation’

Maria Hynes

8. Ecosophy as an ethical mode of existence

Mahoro Murasawa and Stéphane Nadaud

9. Pathways to the Machinic Subject

Michele Lancione

10. Memorial persistence: a hurricane in twelve refrains

Rebecca Catarelli

11. The Cosmic Flight of the Aerocene Gemini

Sasha Engelmann

Part 3 Micropolitics

12. Hitchhiking Guattari

Thomas Jellis and Joe Gerlach

13. Guattari and the Micropolitics of Cinema: The Desiring-Machines of Satoshi Kon

Andrew Lapworth

14. Reframing politics in art: from representational subjects to aesthetic subjectification

Nina Williams

15. Communist Stratoanalysis

Arun Saldanha

16. Transversal Geo-Politics | The Violence of Sound

Anja Kanngesier

About the Editors

Thomas Jellis is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at Keble College.

Joe Gerlach is Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

JD Dewsbury is Professor in Human Geography at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography