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Deterritorialization

Deterritorialization is a concept created by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (Anti-Oedipus 1972). It describes a process of taking control and order away from an established land or place (territory). It is a process of undoing understood as both destructive and creative. Imperialism, Colonisation, and Nazism, for example may each be understood as processes of deterritorialization because they involved undoing and eliminating previously established territories, traditions, beliefs, and rituals. In these cases the process of de-territorialization is accompanied by one of re-territorialisation: a restructuring of a place or territory according to new rules and rituals. The term gained further implications through the later work of Deleuze and Guattari as well as through its wide appropriation, in fields including anthropology.

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