Indigenising Anthropology with Guattari and Deleuze

Indigenising Anthropology with Guattari and Deleuze

by Barbara Glowczewski


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This collection of essays charts the intellectual trajectory of Barbara Glowczewski, an anthropologist who has worked with the Warlpiri people of Australia since 1979. She shows that the ways Aboriginal people actualise virtualities of their Dreaming space–time into collective networks of ritualised places resonate with Guattarian and Deleuzian concepts. Inspired by the art and struggles of different Indigenous people and other discriminated groups, especially women, Glowczewski draws on her own conversations with Guattari, and her debates with various scholars to deliver an innovative agenda for radical anthropology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474450317
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2021
Series: Plateaus - New Directions in Deleuze Studies
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Barbara Glowczewski is an anthropologist and a professorial researcher at the French Scientific Research Center, CNRS. She is also a member of the Laboratory of Social Anthropology at the College de France. Last month she was awarded the silver medal of the CNRS. She has dedicated her work to advocating for Australian Aboriginal creativity through a variety of artistic, cinematic and narrative exploration. She is the author of many books in French. Recent publications in English include Desert Dreamers (Univocal, 2016) and Kunga: Law Women from the Desert (Skira Editore, 2012).

Table of Contents

Prelude: The Wooden Egg Made Me Sick by Nakakut Barbara Gibson Nakamarra; 1: Becoming Land; Part I. The Indigenous Australian Experience of the Rhizome: 2. Warlpiri Dreaming Spaces; 1983 and 1985 Seminars with Félix Guattari; 3. Guattari and Anthropology; Part II. Totem, Taboo and the Women’s Law: 4. Doing and Becoming. Warlpiri Rituals and Myths; 5. Forbidding and Enjoying. Warlpiri Taboos; 6. A Topological Approach to Australian Cosmology and Social Organisation; Part III. The Aboriginal Practice of Transversality and Dissensus: 7. In Australia, It’s ‘Aboriginal’ With a Capital ‘A’. Aboriginality, Politics and Identity; 8. Culture Cult: Ritual Circulation of Inalienable Knowledge and Appropriation of Cultural Knowledge (Central and N-W Australia); 9. Lines and Crisscrossings: Hyperlinks in Australian Indigenous Narratives; Part IV. Micropolitics of Hope and De-Essentialisation: 10. Myths Of 'Superiority’ and How to De-Essentialise Social and Historical Conflicts; 11. Resisting the Disaster. Between Exhaustion and Creation; 12. Standing with the Earth: From Exhaustion to Creation; Part V. Dancing With the Spirits of the Land: 13. Cosmocolours: A Filmed Performance of Incorporation and a Conversation with the Preta Velha Vo Cirina; 14. The Ngangkarri Healing Power: Conversation with Lance Sullivan, Yalarrnga Healer; Bibliography.

What People are Saying About This

Elizabeth A. Povinelli

Indigenising Anthropology is not merely a collection of essays spanning the storied career of Barbara Glowczewski. It is a homage to a philosophical space that grew between Glowczewski’s long and intimate intellectual relationship with Felix Guattari and her equally committed conceptual dialogue with Indigenous Australians. Glowczewski’s thoughts glow with a scholarly originality and political potentiality desperately needed today.

Paul Patton

These fascinating essays retrace an engagement over forty years with Anthropology, Australian Indigenous people and the thought of Guattari and Deleuze. By turns anthropological field notes, theoretical essay and personal memoir, they provide a unique perspective on the intersection of these domains. They open a window on to the intellectual and spiritual resources, and politics, of Aboriginality in the contemporary world. Highly recommended to anyone interested in these matters.

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