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Deleuze and History$
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Jeffrey Bell and Claire Colebrook

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636082

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.001.0001

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Molar Entities and Molecular Populations in Human History

Molar Entities and Molecular Populations in Human History

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(p.225) Chapter 11 Molar Entities and Molecular Populations in Human History
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Deleuze and History
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Jeffrey A. Bell, Claire Colebrook
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636082.003.0012

This chapter reports the contribution of molar entities and molecular populations in human history. Legitimacy is an emergent property of the entire organisation even if it depends for its existence on personal beliefs about its source. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari sometimes show that there are indeed only two levels, the micro or molecular, corresponding to the individual person, and the macro or molar, corresponding to society as a whole. They introduced territorialisation and coding to explore the influence that an emergent molar entity has over its components. Fernand Braudel's three-volume work is a systematic critique of the idea that capitalism was ever a society-wide system, let alone a worldwide one. On the other hand, Deleuze and Guattari remain under the spell of the bankrupt political economy of Marx.

Keywords:   molar entities, molecular populations, human history, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, territorialisation, coding, Fernand Braudel, political economy, capitalism

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