Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Shaw
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Perhaps because of their dismissal of him as living “une carrière à l’américaine”, there have been few attempts to explore the relationship between the work of Gregory Bateson and that of Deleuze and Guattari. This paper offers two ways in which we might do this. First, it explores the concepts, such as plateau of intensity and rhizome, which migrate from Bateson into Capitalism and Schizophrenia. This helps focus on this text as an attempt to create and imagine non-schismogenic forms of social relation. Here, the earthliness of this work is a necessary ‘grounding’ for the plateaus that Deleuze and Guattari seek to develop. Second, this paper builds on this by looking at Guattari’s concept of ecosophical subjectivity, arguing that Bateson is crucial for the ‘ethico-political’ dimensions of this work. It concludes with the claim that as a key influence on their work, exploring Bateson in relation to Deleuze and Guattari can open up new understandings of the ‘earthliness’ of their ideas.
Author(s): Shaw R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Theory, Culture and Society
Print publication date: 01/12/2015
Acceptance date: 20/01/2014
Date deposited: 07/09/2015
ISSN (print): 0263-2764
ISSN (electronic): 1460-3616
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