Breaking up with deleuze: Desire and valuing the irreconcilable

Eve Tuck

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In this article, Eve Tuck grapples with Gilles Deleuze's conceptualization of desire, finding it simultaneously generative and unsatisfying. Recognizing that Deleuze will not 'say' what Tuck wants him to say about desire - that it is smart, and constitutes expertise - Tuck reasons that there is only one thing she can do: break up with Deleuze. The article is organized into several break-up rituals, and in each of the rituals, the author works to understand, interrogate, expand, and extend conceptualizations of desire. In these ways, an articulation of what it means to value the irreconcilable is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-650
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010


  • Deleuze
  • Desire
  • Indigeneity
  • Theory use
  • Valuing the irreconcilable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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