Minority (Philosophy)

Minority (Philosophy)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Minority, and the related concept of "becoming-minor," is a philosophical concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and F lix Guattari in their books Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature (1975), A Thousand Plateaus (1980), and elsewhere. In these texts, they criticize the concept of "majority." For Deleuze and Guattari, "becoming-minoritarian" is primarily an ethical action, one of the becomings one is affected by when avoiding "becoming-fascist." They argued further that the concept of a "people," when invoked by subordinate groups or those aligned with them, always refers to a minority, whatever its numerical power might be. This has inspired some political philosophers, such as Paul Patton and William Connolly, to elaborate on the concept of "becoming-minoritarian" in order to apply it to modern democratic thought. For Deleuze and Guattari the "minor" and "becoming-minority" does not refer to minority groups as described in ordinary language. Minority groups are defined by identities and are thus molar configurations belonging to the majoritarian State Machine. Deleuze and Guattari's central example here is Kafka.show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • Junct
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135702564
  • 9786135702569