As an analyst, philosopher and militant, Felix Guattari anticipated decentralized forms of political activism that have become increasingly evident around the world since the events of Seattle in 1999. Lines of Flight offers an exciting introduction to the sometimes difficult and dense thinking of an increasingly important 20th century thinker.
An editorial introduction by Andrew Goffey links the text to Guattari's long-standing involvement with institutional analysis, his writings with Deleuze, and his consistent emphasis on the importance of group practice - his work with CERFI in the early 1970s in particular. Considering CERFI's work on the `genealogy of capital' it also points towards the ways in which Lines of Flight anticipates Guattari's later work on Integrated World Capitalism and on ecosophy.
Providing a detailed and clearly documented account of his micropolitical critique of psychoanalytic, semiological and linguistic accounts of meaning and subjectivity, this work offers an astonishingly fresh set of conceptual tools for imaginative and engaged thinking about capitalism and effective forms of resistance to it.
Felix Guattari (1930-1992) was a French psychoanalyst, philosopher, social theorist and radical activist. He is best known for his collaborative work with Gilles Deleuze. Andrew Goffey is Associate Professor in the School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies and the Director of the Centre for Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Introduction by the Translator \ Foreword \ Part I: Semiotic Subjection and Collective Facilities \ 1. The Unconscious is not structured like a language \ 2. Where do collective facilities start, and where do they end? \ 3. The capitalist revolution \ 4. The bourgeoisie and capitalist flows \ 5. A semiotic optional matter \ 6. The apparatus of power and the facades of politics \ 7. A molecular revolution \ 8. The rhizome of collective assemblages \ 9. Microfascism \ 10. Self-management and the politics of desire \ Part II: The Pragmatic Analysis of the Social Unconscious \ 11. Introduction of the principal themes \ 12. Pragmatics, the runt of linguistics \ 13. Pragmatics as the micropolitics of linguistic formations \ Part III: An Example of a Pragmatic Component: Faciality Traits \ 14. On faciality \ 15. The hierarchy of behaviour in man and animal \ 16. The semiotics of a blade of grass \ 17. The little phrase in Vinteuil's sonata