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Eugene W. Holland

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666126

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666126.001.0001

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Death-State Citizenship

Death-State Citizenship

(p.31) Chapter Two Death-State Citizenship
Nomad Citizenship

Eugene W. Holland

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the concept of Death-State citizenship as derived from both volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Deleuze and Guattari). In the first book, Anti-Oedipus, analysis of the State plays a key role in the genealogy of the Oedipus complex, the State being an abstract form of social organization. The second book, A Thousand Plateaus, presents the State as a resonance machine for aligning multiple centers of power on its own centered structure. The status of the State changes as capitalism emerged; it begins employing what Michel Foucault calls the “art of government” by increasingly intervening in the lives of its citizens to direct and improve their conduct. The chapter tackles the contributions of schizoanalysis and nomadology in determining and understanding the integral aspects of the Death-State.

Keywords:   Death-State citizenship, State, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Anti-Oedipus, A Thousand Plateaus, capitalism, art of government, schizoanalysis, nomadology

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