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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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Deleuze, Materialism and Politics

Deleuze, Materialism and Politics

(p.160) Chapter 8 Deleuze, Materialism and Politics
Deleuze and Politics

Manuel DeLanda

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents a materialist rectification of the contemporary ‘conservative turn’ – itself disguised as radicalism – to idealist categories in the humanities and social sciences. If materialism is the terrain proper to progressive politics, it is toward fixing the shortcomings of the forms of materialism associated with the left that the chapter is oriented. The chapter places the need for a concept of objective synthesis at the centre of materialist research and explores the aspects of such a concept through Deleuze and Guattari's approach to strata and expression, in the process showing how the linguistic turn can itself be explained by the particular properties of the language stratum. It challenges Deleuze and Guattari's attachment to Marxism – a perspective equated with the subsumption of different scales and dynamics to the false category of ‘the capitalist system’, and a problem that is not overcome in Deleuze and Guattari's concept of capitalist axiomatics.

Keywords:   humanities, social sciences, conservatism, radicalism, strata, expression, Marxism, capitalist axiomatics

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