Empire

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Philosophy - 496 pages
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Imperialism as we knew it may be no more, but Empire is alive and well. It is, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri demonstrate in this bold work, the new political order of globalization. It is easy to recognize the contemporary economic, cultural, and legal transformations taking place across the globe but difficult to understand them. Hardt and Negri contend that they should be seen in line with our historical understanding of Empire as a universal order that accepts no boundaries or limits. Their book shows how this emerging Empire is fundamentally different from the imperialism of European dominance and capitalist expansion in previous eras. Rather, today's Empire draws on elements of U.S. constitutionalism, with its tradition of hybrid identities and expanding frontiers.

"Empire" identifies a radical shift in concepts that form the philosophical basis of modern politics, concepts such as sovereignty, nation, and people. Hardt and Negri link this philosophical transformation to cultural and economic changes in postmodern society--to new forms of racism, new conceptions of identity and difference, new networks of communication and control, and new paths of migration. They also show how the power of transnational corporations and the increasing predominance of postindustrial forms of labor and production help to define the new imperial global order.

More than analysis, "Empire" is also an unabashedly utopian work of political philosophy, a new "Communist Manifesto." Looking beyond the regimes of exploitation and control that characterize today's world order, it seeks an alternative political paradigm--the basis for a truly democratic global society.

  

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An epic picture, the text of a modern Leviathan. Read full review

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There are some interesting points scattered throughout the book. However, I found that the same ideas kept being reiterated with such frequency that one begins to question whether or not they are valid. Read full review

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Contents

PART 1 THE POLITICAL CONSTITUTION OF THE PRESENT
1
PART 2 PASSAGES OF SOVEREIGNTY
67
PART 3 PASSAGES OF PRODUCTION
219
PART 4 THE DECLINE AND FALL OF EMPIRE
351
NOTES
415
INDEX
473
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Reading Notes on · Deleuze and Guattari · Capitalism & Schizophrenia · Reading Notes on · Marx's Capital · Dissertation: The Art of Organization
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Empire (book) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Empire is a text written by Marxist philosophers Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt. The book, written in the mid 90s, was published in 2000 and quickly sold ...
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The mysteries of the American empire | opendemocracy
Fred Halliday on opendemocracy: the mysteries of the us empire.
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Empire hits back | By genre | guardian.co.uk Books
Such intense interest is strange since Empire is hardly a blockbuster; it is a dense, 500-page tome by a jailed Italian revolutionary and a previously ...
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Think of Empire this way: If the older coercive forms of monopoly capitalism could be depicted in a 1904 cartoon as the giant octopus of Standard Oil, ...
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Empire -- Michael Hardt Antonio Negri
Empire is alive and well. It is, as Hardt and Negri suggest, the new political order of globalization. It is easy to recognize the contemporary economic, ...
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An Antidote to Empire - New York Times
Well before 9/11 and the Iraq war put the idea in everybody's mind, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri had popularized the notion of a modern empire. ...
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Monthly Review December 2001 John Bellamy Foster
The term “Empire” in Hardt and Negri’s analysis does not refer to imperialist ... Empire, the name they give to this new world order, is a product of the ...
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Once again on Empire and imperialism « Louis Proyect: The ...
In the latest issue of the Nation Magazine, Michael Hardt makes a valiant but doomed attempt to rescue his Empire thesis from the dustbin of history. ...
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RLS: American Empire
The concept “Empire” has been circulating since 2000/1. The debate about “American empire” – a model for the future of the planet which for instance is ...
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About the author (2009)

Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature and Italian at Duke University.

Antonio Negri is an independent researcher and writer. He has been a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Paris and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Padua.

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