Deleuze and non-place



Publication Details

Buchanan, I. 2004, 'Deleuze and non-place', Drain, no. 3, pp. 1-12.


A schizophrenic out for a walk is a better model than a neurotic lying on the analyst’s couch. - Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus

In Critique de la vie quotidienne 1: Introduction , published in 1947 Henri Lefebvre drew together two concepts that have effectively been inseparable ever since in studies of the human environment, namely space and everyday life. He conceived this relation dialectically such that the everyday and space are never in step, but always somehow out of kilter either because the built environment has not taken account of history ('Notes on the New Town') or because as modern subjects we have forgotten how to connect to history ('Notes Written One Sunday in the French Countryside'). In the half-century since, a number of scholars have followed Lefebvre both in maintaining the link between these two concepts, and their essential estrangement, albeit with quite different ideological agenda in mind. Jean Baudrillard (Lefebvre's one time research assistant), Michel de Certeau, Guy Debord and Marc Augé all owe an obvious debt to Lefebvre. Deleuze and Guattari are sometimes taken to be part of this lineage, too, but their fit is never an easy one.

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