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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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Geohistory and Hydro-Bio-Politics

Geohistory and Hydro-Bio-Politics

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(p.92) Chapter 4 Geohistory and Hydro-Bio-Politics
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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/9780748636082.003.0005

Karl Wittfogel points to a vital part of geohistory: the management of water leading to what is called hydro-bio-politics. In line with this, this chapter reviews the ontology and politics of water. For Gilles Deleuze and for Félix Guattari, being is production. Being as production is symbolised in A Thousand Plateaus by the slogan, ‘the world is an egg’. An interesting illustration of the interplay of re- and deterritorialisation in the concept of ‘Hypersea’ is shown, in which the environment of life on land is the deterritorialised sea. A notion of geo-hydro-political physiology underlies that of the organism. The politics is also regarded as physiology: the body politic as a body, a system of material flows. Wittfogel mentions that aridity is the key to the connection of stratified societies and irrigation. It is also noted that the State has no monopoly on hydro-bio-politics.

Keywords:   geohistory, hydro-bio-politics, ontology, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus, Hypersea, physiology, Karl Wittfogel

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