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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; New Edition edition (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847063055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847063052
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'The Three Ecologies pulls into a concise, passionate weave the manifold lines of thought explored by one of the Twentieth Century's most exuberantly inventive minds. Near the end of his life, at the height of his powers, Guattari finds a new synthesis in "Ecosophy". The Three Ecologies is the single best introduction to Guarrari's unique blend of activist politics and speculative politics.' Brian Massumi" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'The Three Ecologies pulls into a concise, passionate weave the manifold lines of thought explored by one of the Twentieth Century's most exuberantly inventive minds. Near the end of his life, at the height of his powers, Guattari finds a new synthesis in "Ecosophy". The Three Ecologies is the single best introduction to Guarrari's unique blend of activist politics and speculative politics.' Brian Massumi

Felix Guattari was a psychoanalyst at the La Borde clinic, a social theorist and radical activist. He is best known for his work with Gilles Deleuze, especially Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus.

The Three Ecologies is translated by Ian Pindar, a writer and editor, and Paul Sutton, Lecturer in Film Studies at Bolton Institute, and includes an analysis of Guattari's work by Gary Genosko, Professor of Sociology at Lakehead University and editor of The Guattari Reader.

Part of the Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This late, short essay of Guattari's has been packaged in such a way as to expand it into a full-length book. The title essay makes up less than fifty pages of the total, with the book padded up to its 170-page length by a translator's introduction, extensive editorially-added footnotes and a long essay by Gary Genosko on Guattari's intellectual development.

The essay itself is more accessible than much of Guattari's work, and clearly focused on the political problems of the day. The three ecologies of the title - psychological, social and natural - are the focus of the essay, in which he discusses the problems of neoliberal capital as a combination of mental dulling, social homogenisation and conformity, and ecological destruction and crisis. There is a need, he argues, to recover intensities through a process of developing heterogeneity and dissensus, though at the same time constructing a unified social movement against neoliberalism. People need to reclaim their subjectivities and build existential territories of their own. Part of the essay focuses on the need to find new escape routes which can release trapped energies and flows, and which may be as simple as a single event which re-subjectifies. In relation to natural ecology, Guattari insists on a need for active agency to construct natural spaces and relations, rather than defending a supposed pre-existing purity. Along with such political perspectives, Guattari develops an analysis of "integrated world capitalism" which owes much to World Systems Theory, suggesting an interior link between immiseration of some parts of the world and the perpetuation of the system.
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This is an interesting book that applies biological theories of ecology and evolution to the mind. Its an interesting read and pursues ideas and thought as the new genes or replicons in society (c.f. Dawkins work). The only weak elements are conclusions that are neither one nor the other. A drinker in Pimlico need not travel far to Belgravia (if they need to travel at all) and similarly some of the philosopy is equally intoxicating. A clear translation and a good buy.
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For those not familiar with Guattari's work, this is an excellent introduction and certainly a book you will find yourself reading again and again.
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A very good introduction to Guattari's very complex thought.
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Good read
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