Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Hardcover – 1 Sep 1977
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a Renders palpable the metaphor of the unconscious as a worker, and does it in a brilliant, appropriately nutty way.a
a"The New Republic"
" Renders palpable the metaphor of the unconscious as a worker, and does it in a brilliant, appropriately nutty way."
-"The New Republic" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A couple of words of warning are in order, however. Firstly, this is not the book where Deleuze and Guattari develop most of the concepts for which they are famous. Ideas such as smooth and striated space, rhizomes, molar and molecular assemblages, etc., appear in this work but only intermittently. Also, most of the book is about psychoanalysis rather than politics; its central focus is a critique of the Oedipal family and of psychoanalytic practice as an institutional sypport for this particular system of repressive overcoding. In the course of this critique, they also develop a genealogy of capitalism, a theory of coding and a lot more besides, but readers looking to understand their theory would do better reading A Thousand Plateaus.
Secondly, this is a very difficult book - fine for specialists in poststructuralist theory, but a real problem for anyone else.Read more ›
Crudely put, the message of the book is that the mindset which creates the structure of capitalist society is that which creates the structure of the conventional family and 'conventional' thinking on sexuality, mental illness and normal conduct. The capitalist mindset, if I can call it that, passes much deeper than purely economic concerns. I found the first few chapters the most difficult because they introduce the structure of the approach in a very indirect way.Read more ›
In stating the obvious the concepts which do arise pose distinct challenges to taken for granted thinking, its just they should be made clearer. Take one example which I use in my everyday therapeutic practice, historical events and their after effects have as much impact on families and individual psychologies as traditional concentration on the unfolding of instincts. If one wants to look at how psychologies are constructed look to history, the after effects of WW2, the Spanish Civil War, the Vietnam War, Yugoslavia etc. All of these conflicts have caused psychic tremors in those directly affected as well as the long terms effects of colonisation, the internalisation of feeling less than, the grinding poverty of the inter war years and austerity. The loss of a job and status has a psychological impact caused by the economic meltdown. The Oedipus complex is a fiction compared to the effect of "real" events.
They also trace how the Oedipus Complex arose and is maintained. Although largely discredited, children's voices and psychologies have only recently been recognised as existing.Read more ›