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‘What is to be Done?’: Grammars of Organisation

Kelly, Susan. 2018. ‘What is to be Done?’: Grammars of Organisation. Deleuze and Guattari Studies, 12(2), pp. 147-184. ISSN 1750-2241 [Article]

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What is to be done? The sense of urgency provoked by this question, its apparent injunction to act, its utterance at times of political upheaval and crises have lent it a privileged political status. What is to be done? is a question that marks the moment when thought appears to be over and action must proceed. This article considers how the grammar of this question produces relationships between subjects, action and the future, drawing a relationship between the constituent grammar of the question and Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s notion of the collective assemblage of enunciation. For Deleuze and Guattari, the collective assemblage of enunciation denotes amongst other things an immanent relationship between language and action: a relationship in which politics and language are bound together in a relationship of forces. This approach aims to rethink the urgency and force that is associated with the question through examining and re-proposing the connection between the linguistic organisation of the question and the different forms of political organisation that the question might produce. In so doing, Deleuze and Guattari provide a conceptual and linguistic apparatus for rethinking the plane of political action and organisation.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.3366/dlgs.2018.0302

Keywords:

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, collective assemblage of enunciation, grammar, political organisation, Lenin, transversality

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Art

Dates:

DateEvent
20 August 2017Accepted
15 February 2018Published

Item ID:

21485

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2017 10:54

Last Modified:

29 Nov 2018 12:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21485

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