Micropolitical Associations

Ralf Krause and Marc Rölli

in Deleuze and Politics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748632879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652549 | DOI:
Micropolitical Associations

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This chapter argues that micropolitics is not a politics in miniature but a concern with the multiplicity of flows which traverse individuals and social wholes – flows that do not correspond with articulated interests, identities and institutions but operate as the unconscious machinery of desire and action. While this is fundamental to Deleuze's thought as a whole, the nature of a specific level of micropolitical association and action remains ambiguous. The chapter develops the contours of such association through a consideration of the relation between micropolitics and Foucault's conception of power, and a critique of models of radical democracy.

Keywords: micropolitics; flows; desire; action; Deleuze; Foucault; power; radical democracy

Chapter.  6937 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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