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Deleuze and BaudrillardFrom Cyberpunk to Biopunk$
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Sean McQueen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414371

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414371.001.0001

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Biocapitalism and Schizophrenia

Biocapitalism and Schizophrenia

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(p.133) 5. Biocapitalism and Schizophrenia
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Deleuze and Baudrillard
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Sean McQueen

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414371.003.0006

This chapter focuses on Deleuze and Guattari's ‘becoming-animal’. Deleuze and Guattari's animal is one of the specific concepts that attracted Baudrillard's critical attention. His ‘The Animals: Territory and Metamorphoses’ developed a sustained critique of their position. Here, the chapter takes Deleuze and Guattari's thesis that there are three animals — Oedipal, State, and demonic; and far from being a general taxonomy, they are ontological categories defined by the intertwinement of desire, technoscientific experimentation, and investments of capital. This chapter thus establishes the organising theme — contagion. In so doing, it seeks to show how Deleuze and Guattari, as well as Baudrillard and SF acquire a new relevance in biocapitalism.

Keywords:   becoming-animal, Félix Guattari, contagion, biocapitalism, Gilles Deleuze, schizophrenia, nonhuman animals

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