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Deleuze and Politics$
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Ian Buchanan and Nicholas Thoburn

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632879

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.001.0001

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Micropolitical Associations

Micropolitical Associations

Chapter:
(p.240) Chapter 12 Micropolitical Associations
Source:
Deleuze and Politics
Author(s):

Ralf Krause

Marc Rölli

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632879.003.0012

This chapter argues that micropolitics is not a politics in miniature but a concern with the multiplicity of flows which traverse individuals and social wholes – flows that do not correspond with articulated interests, identities and institutions but operate as the unconscious machinery of desire and action. While this is fundamental to Deleuze's thought as a whole, the nature of a specific level of micropolitical association and action remains ambiguous. The chapter develops the contours of such association through a consideration of the relation between micropolitics and Foucault's conception of power, and a critique of models of radical democracy.

Keywords:   micropolitics, flows, desire, action, Deleuze, Foucault, power, radical democracy

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