On the symbolic order of capital: Overcoding desiring-production and the semiotization of the real

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University of New Brunswick


This thesis seeks to highlight how the various symbolic regimes of signs that function under the broad mosaic of capitalist activity overcode and artificially reterritorialize unconscious desires (desiring-production). Through engaging with Deleuze and Guattari’s critique of psychoanalysis, this work explores the extent to which psychoanalytic concepts have shifted from the therapist’s couch to the sphere of social production, both in micro and macropolitics. Through the lens of Deleuze and Guattari’s model of capital developed throughout their two-volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia, this thesis explores possible modes of resistance to the semiotic overcoding capacities of semiocapital, such as the temporal-based religious asceticism. This culminates in what I call “machinic withdrawal”, as the practice allows for a subject to essentially wean off of the technical and abstract machines of semiocapital that perform reterritorializations of desire for a brief period of time.