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PosthegemonyPolitical Theory and Latin America$
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Jon Beasley-Murray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647149

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647149.001.0001

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Escalón 1989: Deleuze and Affect

Escalón 1989: Deleuze and Affect

(p.125) 3 Escalón 1989: Deleuze and Affect

Jon Beasley-Murray

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the politics of affect within the context of posthegemony by focusing on El Salvador’s FMLN (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional, or Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front), the guerrilla group that waged war on the Salvadoran state in the 1980s. Drawing on French philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s theory of affect, it argues that we need an affective theory of power per se, and that affect is central to the understanding and elaboration of posthegemony. It also asserts that the Deleuzian conception of affect is insufficient because it cannot distinguish between insurgency and order, and ultimately between revolution and fascism. Finally, it considers Latin America’s affective potential, particularly the complex relationship between Latin affect and Western reason: both reinforcement and subversion.

Keywords:   politics, affect, posthegemony, El Salvador, FMLN, Gilles Deleuze, power, insurgency, revolution, Latin America

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