Commonwealth

Commonwealth

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by Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674035119

ISBN-13: 9780674035119

Pub. Date: 10/01/2009

Publisher: Harvard University Press

When Empire appeared in 2000, it defined the political and economic challenges of the era of globalization and, thrillingly, found in them possibilities for new and more democratic forms of social organization. Now, with Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri conclude the trilogy begun with Empire and continued in Multitude,

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When Empire appeared in 2000, it defined the political and economic challenges of the era of globalization and, thrillingly, found in them possibilities for new and more democratic forms of social organization. Now, with Commonwealth, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri conclude the trilogy begun with Empire and continued in Multitude, proposing an ethics of freedom for living in our common world and articulating a possible constitution for our common wealth.

Drawing on scenarios from around the globe and elucidating the themes that unite them, Hardt and Negri focus on the logic of institutions and the models of governance adequate to our understanding of a global commonwealth. They argue for the idea of the “common” to replace the opposition of private and public and the politics predicated on that opposition. Ultimately, they articulate the theoretical bases for what they call “governing the revolution.”

Though this book functions as an extension and a completion of a sustained line of Hardt and Negri’s thought, it also stands alone and is entirely accessible to readers who are not familiar with the previous works. It is certain to appeal to, challenge, and enrich the thinking of anyone interested in questions of politics and globalization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674035119
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface: The Becoming-Prince of the Multitude


Part 1. Republic (and the Multitude of the Poor)
  • 1.1 Republic of Property
  • 1.2 Productive Bodies
  • 1.3 The Multitude of the Poor
  • De Corpore 1: Biopolitics as Event


Part 2. Modernity (and the Landscapes of Altermodernity)
  • 2.1 Antimodernity as Resistance
  • 2.2 Ambivalences of Modernity
  • 2.3 Altermodernity
  • De Homine 1: Biopolitical Reason


Part 3. Capital (and the Struggles over Common Wealth)
  • 3.1 Metamorphoses of the Composition of Capital
  • 3.2 Class Struggle from Crisis to Exodus
  • 3.3 Kairos of the Multitude
  • De Singularitate 1: Of Love Possessed

  • Intermezzo: A Force to Combat Evil


Part 4. Empire Returns
  • 4.1 Brief History of a Failed Coup d'État
  • 4.2 After U.S. Hegemony
  • 4.3 Genealogy of Rebellion
  • De Corpore 2: Metropolis


Part 5. Beyond Capital?
  • 5.1 Terms of the Economic Transition
  • 5.2 What Remains of Capitalism
  • 5.3 Pre-shocks along the Fault Lines
  • De Homine 2: Cross the Threshold!


Part 6. Revolution
  • 6.1 Revolutionary Parallelism
  • 6.2 Insurrectional Intersections
  • 6.3 Governing the Revolution
  • De Singularitate 2: Instituting Happiness

  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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Humboldt-linotype More than 1 year ago
The failure of fundamentalist economics does not require abandoning the less ideological aspects of the discipline. Hardt and Negri provide a clearly written and provocative alternative to the extreme reliance on private property notions that, combined with lax regulation and cultural biases, brought down the neoliberal faith structure. Readers willing to have their assumptions questioned will profit from this; the more rigid and absolutist temperament should probably not risk emotional upset.