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Subjectivity

Simone Bignall

in Postcolonial Agency

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639434
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671878 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639434.003.0006
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Chapter 5 describes the kind of subject who desires in apositive and creative fashion, who is enmeshed in relations of poweror force with other bodies, and who is in fact produced by theserelationships of desire/power. The focus of this chapter is the problem of strategy: when the subject emerges as an effect of a productive process, how can the subject strategically and causally shape this process? Drawing upon Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of the ‘body-without-organs’ and ‘the fold’, the chapter argues that the subject is an event, a situation, a performance, an assemblage and an expression of strategy. This chapter finally considers the relationship between subjective style, desire/power and ethics/politics, with respect to the underlying ontology of bodies, forces and relations and the two types of satisfaction described by individual ‘enjoyment’ and mutual ‘joy’.

Keywords: body-without-organs; desiring-production; subjectivity; the fold; constructivism; political strategy; anti-Oedipus; political satisfaction; joyful mutuality

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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