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Why Guattari? : A Liberation of Politics, Cartography and Ecology - (Hardcover)
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Felix Guattari was a French philosopher, known for his work in an institutional psychiatric clinic during the 1950s. His ideas remain intrinsic to the social sciences sphere today. This interdisciplinary book evaluates Guattari’s experimental and creative production of ideas, primarily through an Geography lens.
In keeping with Guattari’s own ability to negotiate between and bring together different disciplines, this book pays homage to his own style of thinking, focusing on the notion of transversal geographies. The book is divided in three parts: cartographies, ecosophy and micropolitics. Each chapter showcases the pragmatic and singular grounds by which Guattari’s signature concept of the ‘transversal’ can be found to be consistent, persuasive and useful. The transversal geographies that emanate in this book show a geography that subverts the norms of history, politics, art and ethics, where concepts transverse their origins to open up ways of questioning different contexts.
This book demonstrates the pertinence of Guattari in the present day, showcasing that Guattari offers social science and its cognate disciplines a stimulating conceptual vocabulary that presents innovative and in situ methodological approaches. This accessible introduction to Guattari will appeal to academics as well Masters students within Human Geography, Social Theory, and Continental Studies.