Micropolitics and social change: Deleuze and Guattari for anarchist theory and practice

P. Raekstad

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The work of Deleuze and Guattari has much to offer contemporary radical thought. Here I discuss an aspect often mentioned, but rarely explored to the extent I think it deserves, namely the importance of micropolitics for emancipatory social change. To do this, I clarify what the ‘micropolitical’ is for Deleuze and Guattari and why they think it is important for revolutionary practise. I argue that micropolitics is important for thinking about (1) developing revolutionary subjectivity and (2) developing connections between different organisations and movements that strengthen each other and feed into macropolitical change. I also discuss Deleuze and Guattari’s critique of vanguardist approaches to revolutionary organisation and consider some objections to Deleuze and Guattari’s emphasis on the micropolitical.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeleuze and Anarchism
EditorsChantelle Gray Van Heerden, Aragorn Eloff
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781474439107, 9781474439091
ISBN (Print)9781474439077
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameDeleuze Connections
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


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