Affective Citizenship and the Death-State

Eugene W. Holland

in Deleuze and the Contemporary World

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623419
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652389 | DOI:
Affective Citizenship and the Death-State

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This chapter examines Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's concept of desire as it figures in schizoanalysis, and addresses the issues of affective citizenship and Death-State. It explores how economic and familial determinations in a modern capitalist society reinforce one another and state politics along with it, and argues that the sovereign state is long gone, and that what prevails in its place is the biopower state. The chapter explains that the biopower state represses death in order fully to exploit the production of surplus, which capital in turn appropriates in order to generate more capital, and shows the connection between the Death-State and the current war on terrorism.

Keywords: desire; schizoanalysis; affective citizenship; Death-State; Gilles Deleuze; Félix Guattari; capitalist society; biopower state; state politics; sovereign state

Chapter.  5787 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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