“Deterritorialisation” and “reterritorialisation”


Deleuze and Guattari use terms “deterritorialisation” and “reterritorialisation” frequently in their book A Thousand Plateaus (we know that the terms are annoying to pronounce). The two writers use “soft” concepts in the book. The softness of the ideas allow them to change with time and context. For example, a child might have problems with reading and writing, but is very good at expressing herself by dancing. The reterritorialising powers want her to be like the other children, but a pedagogue might develop deterritorialising methods so that she can express herself with dance in school instead of the normal reading and writing forms of expression.

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