The Atonist vision of Western space is synonymous with what Deleuze and Guattari term a "striated space," or the space of State science, which they suggest is both "limited and limiting" (382).
As Deleuze and Guattari's comments would suggests, Jes Grew's transgression of t he clearly demarcated space of the State is met with swift and militant efforts to reproduce a more limited space that would restrict future flows.
In retaliation, the Mu'tafikah are, as McGee puts if, attempting "to extract the art of the third world from the space of the norm and return it to the realm of the incommensurable" (97), to the smooth, undefined, de-historicized space of the nomad.
Obviously, the access the loas have to this world as well as the access that human beings have to the loas constitutes a breach in the striated space of Atonism.
And it is not merely the space of the "other world" that is causing problems for or threatening the Atonist spatial order.
As Mumbo Jumbo reminds us, the logic, or il-logic, of jazz and its potential nomadic challenge to the striated space of the city, particularly to the space of Harlem, was met with the infiltration of the Harlem nightclub scene--which facilitates the spread of Jes Grew, and subsequently the spread of smooth space--by the guardians of striated space.
Reed depicts Harlem, then, as a space of contention inside which two differing productions of space mix and compete.
As Deleuze and Guattari point out, the battle between the mutually constitutive spaces of the smooth and the striated continues on indefinitely; that is to say, while the smooth space of Jes Grew challenges the neat lines drawn by Atonism, there are also forces at work within the State that continually striate all space.
Ironically, by conspiring outside the State pole, or in manipulating State apparatuses from outside the State, the private capitalism of Mellon and his cohorts has, as Deleuze and Guattari would suggest, opened the way for the striated space of State capitalism to be recast.