Why Guattari? A Liberation of Cartographies, Ecologies and Politics
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
Introduction Part 1 Cartographies 1. Through a net darkly: spatial expression from glossematics to schizoanalysis 2. Mapping the Unconscious 3. Guattari’s incorporeal materialism: From individuation to aesthetics (and back again) 4. Metamodelizing the Territory: On Teddy Cruz’s Diagrammatic Urbanism 5. Schizoanalytic Cartographies 6. Refrains of lost time: collapse, refrain, abstract Part 2 Ecologies 7. The (Schizo)analysis of Value in the ‘Age of Innovation’ 8. Ecosophy as an ethical mode of existence 9. Pathways to the Machinic Subject 10. Memorial persistence: a hurricane in twelve refrains 11. The Cosmic Flight of the Aerocene Gemini Part 3 Micropolitics 12. Hitchhiking Guattari 13. Guattari and the Micropolitics of Cinema: The Desiring-Machines of Satoshi Kon 14. Reframing politics in art: from representational subjects to aesthetic subjectification 15. Communist Stratoanalysis 16. Transversal Geo-Politics | The Violence of Sound
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.