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Volume 21, Issue 2


Subjectivity as a play of territorialization: Exploring affective attachments to place through collective biography

Katerina Zabrodska
  • Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Politických vězňů 7, 110 00, Prague, Czech Republic
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Published Online: 2011-06-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0019-3


In this paper the authors seek to contribute to a new ontology of an embodied, desiring subject through an exploration of their own subjectivities and of the ways in which subjectivities are produced and transformed through affective attachments to place. Using the method of collective biography (Davies, Gannon 2006) and drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of desire and territorialization they examine their affective responses and attachments to place: Australia and the Czech Republic. As a point of departure for their analysis, the authors ask: What does it mean to be homesick for a place which is not one’s home? What does it mean to desire a place? What of the other place is inscribed in the body? In asking this, the authors show the extent to which place is a zone of immanence in which a continual play of de- and re-territorialization occurs.

Keywords: collective biography; Deleuze; subjectivity; territorialization; place

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Published Online: 2011-06-16

Published in Print: 2011-06-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 184–195, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-011-0019-3.

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