The Empire's New Clothes
Reading Hardt and Negri
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|Format:||Hardback, 336 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 11 December 2003|
Since its publication last year, Empire has come to dominate the academic world, stimulating debate and discussion throughout the humanities, social sciences, and into the mainstream media. The New York Times made outrageous claims about its importance, pointing to the "scholarly commotion" it has caused, and suggesting a book like this comes along only "once every decade or so" (July 7, 2001). Translation rights to Empire have been sold in ten countries already and the question has been raised whether Michael Hardt, one of the two authors, is the next Jacques Derrida. A new theoretical idea has been hitched to the voguish concern over globalization, and Empire describes the new form of sovereignty that has emerged under conditions of globalization ("Empire"); delivers an account of a new emancipatory subject (the "multitude"); and advances a set of empirical claims about the terrain of the processes that have come to be understood as "globalization." It's also a manifesto of sorts for the revolution in an age of globalization. With pieces by Slavoj Zizek, Ernesto Laclau, and others, Empire's New Clothes addresses Empire in all its complexity, that is, as a work of legal and political theory that diagnoses our era and urges liberatory action. More precisely, it will set the outlines of the debate as it is emerging around the claims of Empire. Ruth Bachman, University of British Columbia Malcom Bull, Oxford (and the original London Review of Books reviewer) Peter Fitzpatrick, University of London Sundhya Pah
Table of Contents
Introduction: Postmodern Republicanism Paul A. Passavant Immanence 1. Can Immanence Explain Social Struggles? Ernesto Laclau Transcendence 2. The Immanence of Empire Peter Fitzpatrick Market 3. On Divine Markets and the Problem of Justice Bill Maurer Law 4. Legal Imperialism: Empire's Invisible Hand? Ruth Buchanan and Sundhya Pahuja Representation 5. From Empire's Law to the Multitude's Rights: Law, Representation, Revolution Paul A. Passavant Sovereignty 6. Representing the International: Sovereignty after Modernity? Mark Laffey and Jutta Weldes Global 7. Africa's Ambiguous Relation to Empire and Empire Kevin C. Dunn Intermezzo: The Theory & Event Interview Sovereignty, Multitudes, Absolute Democracy A Discussion between Michael Hardt and Thomas Dumm Space 8. The Repositioning of Citizenship: Emergent Subjects and Spaces for Politics Saskia Sassen Place 9. The Irrepressible Lightness of Joy and of Being Green: Empire and Environmentalism William Chaloupka Migration 10. Smooth Politics Malcolm Bull Generation 11. Taking the Millennialist Pulse of Empire's Multitude: A Genealogical Feminist Analysis Lee Quinby Capitalism 12. The Ideology of Empire and Its Traps Slavoj Zizek Communication 13. The Networked Empire: Communicative Capitalism and the Hope for Politics Jodi Dean Revolution 14. The Myth of the Multitude Kam Shapiro Event 15. Representation and the Event Paul A. Passavant and Jodi Dean Contributors
About the Author
Paul Passavant is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Jodi Dean is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the author or editor of five books, including Aliens in America: Conspiracy Culture from Outerspace to Cyperspace (1997) and Cultural Studies and Political Theory (2000).
"An extraordinary set of essays by prominent social and legal theorists-bold, accessible, critical and timely. By highlighting legal processes in Hardt and Negri's model of a new global order, these essays reveal some of the innovations and limitations of their call for revolutionary action by the multitudes."
-Eve Darian-Smith, University of California at Berkeley
"Hardt and Negri's magisterial "Empire has evoked passionate controversies and debates. The studies collected in this volume critically engage a wide range of themes in Hardt and Negri from the nature of globalization to the environment and the media in "Empire. Through intense dialogue and the debate with Hardt and Negri, the articles collected in "Empire's New Cloths raise fundamental issues of theory and practice in the contemporary era."
-Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles
"Offers thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions of different facts of Hardt and Negri'sargument, ranging from philosophical issues of sovereignty and citizenship to issues in globalization, political protest, gender and the environment...Conceived before September 11th, but produced in its aftermath, the essays also offer stimulating thoughts on the relevance of the theoretical issues discussed to everyday politics, and visa versa."
-Arif Dirlik, University of Oregon
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