Space in the Age of Non-Place

Ian Buchanan

in Deleuze and Space

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748618743
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671762 | DOI:
Space in the Age of Non-Place

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Thinking about space and place has until very recently been predicated by the understanding that place is an affirmative category, the implication being that there can be no such thing as a non-place, or a non-space. This presumption has been challenged in recent years by writers trying to come to grips with a new generation of spaces which do not confer the sense or feeling of being in a place, either because they are frictionless passageways designed as conduits or simply so vast or alien that they have lost contact with human proportion. Globalization has evicted us from the world we thought we knew. This chapter takes this and shows how Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of deterritorialization and reterritorialization enable us to think through this process. In particular, it focuses on the ways in which our conception of space has had to alter in the face of the hyper-mobility of the postmodern subject.

Keywords: Deleuze; Guattari; deterritorialization; reterritorialization; postmodern subject

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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