My recent post on Becoming Poor, inspired in part by discussions from our reading group around Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus.
These are the two introductory paragraphs for my final chapter of Between Repression and Heroism: Young People’s Politics in Mexico City After 1968. Some previous writing from the dissertation is posted here. This final chapter follows from an argument in my Chapter Three about activists’ role in the social reproduction of a ‘police state.’ More on that argument can be found on my blog, here. Comments welcome!
Chapter Four: Memory without organs: denaturalizing repression-heroism
“The hero has molar perception which takes in overall aggregates and clear-cut elements, well-distributed areas of fullness and emptiness (this perception is coded, inherited, and overcoded by the walls […])” (Deleuze and Guattari 1987, 535 n. 11).
Adherents to Mexico City’s post-1968 student-left have naturalized a timeless world of ritual sacrifice by the dominators of the dominated. They have taken their place in the movement of what Octavio Paz…
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