Micropolitics of Media Culture: Reading the Rhizomes of Deleuze and Guattari

Pisters, Patricia and Catherine M. Lord, Editors

This book focuses on the micro-political implications of the work of Gilles Deleuze (and Félix Guattari). General philosophical articles are coupled to more specific analyses of films (such as Fight Club and Schindler's List) and other expressions of contemporary culture. The choice of giving specific attention to the analyses of images and sounds is not only related to the fact that audiovisual products are increasingly dominant in contemporary life, but also to the fact that film culture in itself is changing ("in transition") in capitalist culture. From a marginal place at the periphery of economy and culture at large, audiovisual products (ranging from art to ads) seem to have moved to the centre of the network society, as Manuel Castells calls contemporary society. Typical Deleuzian concepts such as micro-politics, the Body without Organs, becoming-minoritarian, pragmatics and immanence are explored in their philosophical implications and political force, whether utopian or dystopian. What can we do with Deleuze in contemporary media culture? A recurring issue throughout the book is the relationship between theory and practice, to which several solutions and problems are given.

Introduction / Patricia Pisters 7
1. Redescriptive Philosophy: Deleuze and Guattari's Critical Pragmatism / Paul Patton 29
2. The Lady Sits Between Two Long Windows, Writing: Deleuze/Guattari and the Practice of Cultural Analysis / Catherine M. Lord 43
3. Sharing Technologies: Thought and Movement in Dancing / Maaike Bleeker 57
4. The Metaphor Made Flesh: A Philosophy of the Body Disguised as Biological Horror Film / Eva Jorholt 75
5. Micropolitics: A Political Philosophy from Marx and Beyond / Malene Busk 103
6. Glamour and Glycerine: Surplus and Residual of the Network Society: from Glamorama to Fight Club / Patricia Pisters 125
7. Is Bess a Bike? Gender, Capitalism and the Politics of a BwO in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves / Frans-Willem Korsten 143
8. The Holy Fools: Revolutionary Elitism in Cyberspace / Richard Barbrook 159
9. How to Endure Intensity: Towards a Sustainable Nomadic Subject / Rosi Braidotti 177
10. Against the Doxa: Politics of Immanence and Becoming-Minoritarian / Paola Marrati 205
11. Schindler's List and the Facing of History: The Return of the Promised Land / Sasha Vojkovic 221
12. 'Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks' - Do the Right Thing - 'A Spike Lee Joint': Blocking and Unblocking the Block / Laleen Jayamanne 235

Pisters, Patricia, and Catherine M. Lord. Micropolitics of Media Culture: Reading the Rhizomes of Deleuze and Guattari. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2001. Print.