Deleuze's Objectile: From Discipline to Modulation

David Savat

in Deleuze and New Technology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748633364
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652600 | DOI:
Deleuze's Objectile: From Discipline to Modulation

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This chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's 1992 essay Postscript on the Societies of Control focusing on his concept of objectile. It argues that while Deleuze suggested that the newer modulatory mode of power replaced the disciplinary mode of power identified by Michel Foucault, the two modes can actually function at the same time, through the very same writing apparatus, producing effects which may be at times complimentary, and at times quite antagonistic. The chapter suggests that dividuality, and both objectile and the superject, are useful concepts in coming to terms with a potentially new fluid politics.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Societies of Control; objectile; modulatory mode; Michel Foucault; superject; fluid politics

Chapter.  8126 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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