Empire and Imperialism: A Critical Reading of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

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Zed Books, May 6, 2005 - History - 141 pages
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In 2001, the Harvard scholar Michael Hardt and the independent Italian left wing intellectual Toni Negri published a modern critique of imperialism. The book was widely criticized by left wing intellectuals who felt that the book posed unfortunate implications for political resistance to imperialism, and that it ignored both the experience and intellectual analysis of thinkers from the South. Atilio Boron is one of those. He argues that Hardt and Negri's concept of "imperialism without an address", though well intentioned, ignores most of the fundamental parameters of imperialism. The nation state, far from weakening, remains a crucial agent of capitalism, deploying a large arsenal of economic weaponry to protect and extend its position and actively promoting globalization in its own interests.
 

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Contents

Prologue to the Englishlanguage edition
6
On perspectives the limits of visibility and blind spots
23
Markets transnational corporations and national
42
Alternative visions of the empire
58
The nationstate and the issue of sovereignty
73
The unsolved mystery of the multitude
87
Notes for a sociology of revolutionary thinking in times
98
The persistence of imperialism
111
Epilogue I
122
Index of proper names
130
General index
136
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About the author (2005)

Atilio A. Boron is professor of political theory at the University of Buenos Aires and executive secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). He is a political scientist and sociologist educated in Argentina and Chile, and holds a doctoral degree from Harvard University. He has taught for many years in some of the most important academic institutions of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Puerto Rico. In the United States he was visiting professor at the universities of Columbia, MIT, Notre Dame and UCLA, and in Europe he lectured at Warwick and Bradford in England. He has published widely in several languages a variety of books and articles on political theory and philosophy, social theory, and comparative studies on the capitalist development in the periphery.

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