Gretchen Riordan

in Deleuze and Sex

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642618
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671755 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the role of blood in the facialisation of social subjects. Like other parts of our bodies, blood tends to be given an identity and a role in the grid of social relations. In a capitalist, Western society, blood stands for humanity and individuality, but also for family, purity and race. In this way, blood comes to play a part in the territorialisation of bodies and behaviours in accordance with predetermined social regulations. With such strong meanings attached to it, it becomes all the more valuable to map the revolutionary potential of blood. Blood, Riordan argues, carries an ‘unsettling and potentially liberating polyvocality’ that enables new expressions of bodies and sexualities, a bloody BwO in a becoming-haemosexual.

Keywords: Blood; Polyvocality; Haemosexuality

Chapter.  8549 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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