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What do Deleuze and Guatarri mean by their bizarre terminology?

Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995) and Pierre-Félix Guatarri (1930–1992) took pride in using new terms that they did not define, but which they thought readers would understand. “Mutant universes of value” seems to refer to new systems of value that are unconventional and popular. Examples in our time would be interests in vampires in entertainment, the growing importance of electronic communication, and the change in household pets from mere pets to members of the families with whom they live.

The importance of townhall meetings in the United States would be an example of “micropolitics.” “Schizoanalysis,” which suggests contradictory meanings, was used to refer to Deleuze and Guatarri’s project of getting rid of the idea of the Freudian idea of the unconscious as a way of explaining human behavior. “Becoming-woman” refers to the fact that contemporary women are actively involved in defining their own social roles.


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