On Lines of Flight: The Theory of Political Transformation in A Thousand Plateaus

Edward Thornton* (Corresponding Author)

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The concept of the line of flight is used with striking regularity throughout A Thousand Plateaus where it plays a vital role in connecting the other conceptual innovations of the book, including the concepts of the assemblage and the machine. Despite its importance, Deleuze and Guattari never offer a direct definition of the concept, and the reader of A Thousand Plateaus is left to discern its meaning from its various uses. This is especially frustrating for those whose interest in the text is political and who wish to use the conceptual framework of the book to analyse the socio-political assemblages in which they live. In response to this issue, this paper offers a clear and concise introduction to the concept of the line of flight. Furthermore, by analysing the way in which Deleuze and Guattari use this concept in their political analyses of feudalism and capitalism, this article illuminates the more general meaning of the concept of the line of flight through the more specific question of its usage in Deleuze and Guattari's attempt to think a post-capitalist future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-456
Number of pages23
JournalDeleuze and Guattari Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020


  • line of flight
  • assemblage
  • machinic
  • politics
  • regime of signs
  • Regime of signs
  • Machinic
  • Politics
  • Assemblage
  • Line of flight


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