Deleuzian Encounters

Studies in Contemporary Social Issues

Edited by: Anna Hickey-Moody and Peta Malins


"This timely volume is an antidote to the waning of philosophical theory in social thought. It demonstrates how to study contemporary social issues through Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy, putting to work their key concepts on some of the most pressing issues and challenges of our time. The assembled essays boldly step beyond identity politics, producing a-subjective, affective, socially informed ethics adapted to urban and remote rural locations, and plot escape routes from the axiomatization of everything in the time of immaterial labour. Editors Anna Hickey-Moody and Peta Malins and their impressive list of contributors show how theory as practice is a necessary ingredient for social change. Deleuzian Encounters is a rallying point for socially-minded theorists who have not forgotten that the point of philosophy is to change the world." - Professor Gary Genosko, Canada Research Chair, Lakehead University, Canada


Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) is one of the most important philosophers of the 20th Century. His ideas have influenced fields as diverse as architecture, science, economics and the arts, and are increasingly being taken up in social research and practice. Yet many social researchers and practitioners remain wary of Deleuze's work, perceiving it to be too difficult to approach or too abstract to be of relevance.

Deleuzian Encounters: Studies in Contemporary Social Issues demonstrates that such concerns are unwarranted. It does so by bringing together sixteen accessible, thought-provoking essays which examine the implications of Deleuze's philosophy for different contemporary social issues. Topics explored include: the environment, terrorism, refugees, indigenous reconciliation, gender, suicide, intellectual disability, injecting drug use, classroom teaching and global activism. Each contribution provides practical examples of how to make use of Deleuze's thought in social research, and offers fresh insights into the creative and innovative potentionals Deleuze's philosophy holds for social thought and action.


Preface; P.Patton

Introduction: Gilles Deleuze and Four Movements in Social Thought; A.Hickey-Moody & P.Malins


A Politics of Non-Being; G.Flaxman

The Revolutionary Dividual; J.Roffe

Intersex: Between Law and Nature; E.Mussawir

Deleuze and Suicide; A.Woodward


Intellectual Disability, Sensation and Thinking Through Affect; A.Hickey-Moody

Toward a Pedagogy of Affect; C.Albrecht-Crane & J.D.Slack

Sensing Beyond Security; E.Manning

Affective Terrorism; F.Colman


Molar Ecology: What Can the (Full) Body of an Eco-Tourist Do?; M.Halsey

City Folds: Injecting Drug Use and Urban Space; P.Malins

Holey Space and the Smooth and Striated Body of the Refugee; H.Frichot

Microsociology and the Ritual Event; K.Dean & T.Lamarre


Indigenous Peoples and a Deleuzian Theory of Practice; S.Bignall

Deleuze and the Tale of Two Intifadas; T.May

The Autonomy of Migration: Animals of Undocumented Mobility; D.Papadopoulos & V.Tsianos

Complex and Minor: Deleuze and Alter-Globalization Movements; G.Chesters


Author Biographies

ANNA HICKEY-MOODY is Lecturer in Creative Arts Education at Monash University, Australia. She is co-author of Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave, 2006) and has published in a range of academic and community forums. Her forthcoming monograph, Unimaginable Bodies, will be published by Sense (Netherlands) in 2008.

PETA MALINS teaches in the School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published research on drug use and urban space in journals such as Janus Head, Continuum and Gender, Place & Culture.