Desire is Social

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780748627547
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652433 | DOI:
Desire is Social

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This chapter discusses memorial culture from the vantage point of libidinal energy. It outlines two very different investments of social remembrance: a schizoid investment of desire that occurs when memorial culture registers the social force of collective trauma; and a fascistic investment of memorial culture which occurs when the energies and affects the labour of memory produces are coded and given a fixed use. The chapter discusses Gilles Deleuze's view that desire is social and suggests that the character memorial culture takes depends on how desires are invested throughout the social field.

Keywords: memorial culture; libidinal energy; social remembrance; investment of desire; schizoid investment; fascistic investment; Gilles Deleuze; desire

Chapter.  8065 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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