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Schizoanalysis: an incomplete project

Chapter


Abstract


  • There is no straightforward way to say what schizoanalysis is. The problem

    is not so much that the question is not answered by Deleuze and Guattari

    or that it is somehow unanswerable; rather the problem is that it has several

    answers. Unwilling to provide any kind of 'formula' or 'model' that

    would enable us to simply 'do' schizoanalysis as a tick-box exercise in which

    everything relates inexorably to one single factor (e.g. the family), which

    is what they thought psychoanalysis had become, Deleuze and Guattari

    observe a quite deliberate strategy of providing multiple answers to the

    questions their work raises. Guattari's insistence that schizoanalysis is a

    form of meta-modelling makes it clear that this supple approach is quite

    deliberate. Meta-modelling is something like the 'scenario planning' utilised

    by 'risk managers' in complex organisations who try to foresee and 'manage'

    the variety of possible transformations an institution such as a university

    might undergo if circumstances changed (e.g. how would it cope with an

    earthquake?). Meta-modelling tries to grapple with the realm of 'what might

    happen' that constantly dogs the realm of 'what is happening'. Deleuze

    and Guattari's elaborate system of new terms and concepts (many of them

    contrived from obscure literary sources) is of a piece with this strategy of

    providing multiple answers to basic questions and should be seen as deliberately

    guarding against the reductive tendencies of the 'practically-minded'.

    As I will explain in more detail in what follows, one has to read Deleuze

    and Guattari's work with an eye toward the resonances (which is not to say

    equivalences) between their many ideas and from that develop a 'machine'

    that can be put to new purposes. This is not to say schizoanalysis is either

    incoherent or impractical, as many of its detractors are quick to claim, but to

    insist that its practice cannot be divorced from its theory and that to engage

    With one it is necessary to engage with the other.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. M. (2013). Schizoanalysis: an incomplete project. In B. Dillet, I. McKenzie & R. Porter (Eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (pp. 163-185). United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780748641222

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84936993889

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1117

Book Title


  • The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 163

End Page


  • 185

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • There is no straightforward way to say what schizoanalysis is. The problem

    is not so much that the question is not answered by Deleuze and Guattari

    or that it is somehow unanswerable; rather the problem is that it has several

    answers. Unwilling to provide any kind of 'formula' or 'model' that

    would enable us to simply 'do' schizoanalysis as a tick-box exercise in which

    everything relates inexorably to one single factor (e.g. the family), which

    is what they thought psychoanalysis had become, Deleuze and Guattari

    observe a quite deliberate strategy of providing multiple answers to the

    questions their work raises. Guattari's insistence that schizoanalysis is a

    form of meta-modelling makes it clear that this supple approach is quite

    deliberate. Meta-modelling is something like the 'scenario planning' utilised

    by 'risk managers' in complex organisations who try to foresee and 'manage'

    the variety of possible transformations an institution such as a university

    might undergo if circumstances changed (e.g. how would it cope with an

    earthquake?). Meta-modelling tries to grapple with the realm of 'what might

    happen' that constantly dogs the realm of 'what is happening'. Deleuze

    and Guattari's elaborate system of new terms and concepts (many of them

    contrived from obscure literary sources) is of a piece with this strategy of

    providing multiple answers to basic questions and should be seen as deliberately

    guarding against the reductive tendencies of the 'practically-minded'.

    As I will explain in more detail in what follows, one has to read Deleuze

    and Guattari's work with an eye toward the resonances (which is not to say

    equivalences) between their many ideas and from that develop a 'machine'

    that can be put to new purposes. This is not to say schizoanalysis is either

    incoherent or impractical, as many of its detractors are quick to claim, but to

    insist that its practice cannot be divorced from its theory and that to engage

    With one it is necessary to engage with the other.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Buchanan, I. M. (2013). Schizoanalysis: an incomplete project. In B. Dillet, I. McKenzie & R. Porter (Eds.), The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (pp. 163-185). United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780748641222

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84936993889

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1117

Book Title


  • The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 163

End Page


  • 185

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom