Empire and Beyond

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Polity, Dec 31, 2008 - Political Science - 239 pages
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Today, Empire no longer has an outside: it no longer tolerates realities external to itself. Hence every war cannot but be a civil war, an internal battle, a domestic strife. But if the enemy is always within, militarization is part and parcel of normalization and every war necessarily appears as a policing operation. And yet has the sun really set on the old materialist dream of transforming social conflict into the beginnings of liberation? In the cracks of Empire one can discern an emergent capacity to remould the world. The anti-Empire is represented by the multitude, the collection of impassioned and desiring individuals whose potential for action offers the best hope for a better world.

In this book Antonio Negri explains the key concepts and methods which he and Michael Hardt have used to analyse Empire and the new forms of power and counter-power that are shaping and reshaping our world today. Through five introductory lectures and several supporting texts Negri constructs a democratic discourse on globalization, renews the premises of a materialist analysis of social and political life and offers some glimpses of the future.

 

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Contents

Aporias
3
3Crucial Transitions in Empire
14
5Tendencies and Drives towards the Recomposition
22
Empire and Citizenship
33
Resistance and Multitude
41
Multitudo Utopia Station
52
Art and Culture in the Age of Empire and
63
MarxImperoImperialism
73
Urban Democracy
150
For a New Welfare
157
PART FOUR Political Philosophy in Imperial Postmodernity
161
Postmodernity and Liberty
163
The Communism of Immanence
169
BioPower and Subjectivity
172
Multitude and BioPower
179
Empire and War
184

An Opportunity for Struggle
81
Europe and the United States in Empire
87
A Thousand European Issues
101
Notes on Laying the Basis for Foreign Policy in the European Union
106
PART THREE PostSocialist Politics
117
Social Alternatives to NeoLiberalism
119
A PostSocialist Politics within Empire
123
The New Phase of Empire
138
Let us Reform the Political Lexicon
191
The Biopolitics of General Intellect
196
The Philosophy of Old Europe
200
Immaterial Labour Public Service Intellectual Cooperation and the Construction of the Common
210
Real Time and the Time of Exploitation
220
A New Foucault
225
Postmodernity or Contemporaneity?
233
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Antonio Negri was formerly Professor of State Theory at the the University of Padua.

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