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Desiring-Spaces: Compulsive Citizen–State Configurations / Diana Beljaars
Civic Spaces and Desire
Swansea University Author: Beljaars, Diana
This chapter develops a ‘compulsive process’ as spatial organisation of desire. It interrogates how the compulsive process helps understand the configurations of the State and its citizens in similar ways as Deleuze and Guattari developed the schizophrenic process for this purpose. It does so by emp...
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This chapter develops a ‘compulsive process’ as spatial organisation of desire. It interrogates how the compulsive process helps understand the configurations of the State and its citizens in similar ways as Deleuze and Guattari developed the schizophrenic process for this purpose. It does so by employing compulsivity as corporeal emergence that challenges ideas of a humanity defined by its pursuit of and reverie in meaning, rationality, and reason. Such kind of humanity seems most articulated in civic spaces dedicated to remembrance of State wars, showcasing a morality of a higher order. Following a Deleuzo-Guattarian ontology of desire, this chapter demonstrates what a humanity as affected by and emergent with the nonhuman might look like. The study. This is based on empirical research on the touching, ordering and gathering of objects and spaces in the absence of a reason as performed by people diagnosed with Tourette syndrome. The chapter then imagines a compulsive corporeality as intimately intertwined with the nonhuman in Alexandra Gardens, a park in the civic centre of Cardiff (Wales)., and Tracing how the affective resonances of human and nonhuman materialities, emergent with compulsive performance, breaks the State’s affective capture of its citizens in these spaces. Upon this crumbling of State power a new citizen-State configuration emerges. The chapter concludes by arguing how the corporeal as increasingly preferred mode of State capture might then precisely arise as its escape.
Desire, Compulsivity, Memorial, Citizenship, State, Tourette syndrome, Deleuze, Guattari, poststructuralism
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