Commonwealth

Commonwealth

by Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri

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Overview

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: 9780674060289
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

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

What People are Saying About This


—Naomi Klein

Everyone seems to agree that our economic system is broken, yet the debate about alternatives remains oppressively narrow. Hardt and Negri explode this claustrophobic debate, taking readers to the deepest roots of our current crises and proposing radical, and deeply human, solutions. There has never been a better time for this book.

—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein

Everyone seems to agree that our economic system is broken, yet the debate about alternatives remains oppressively narrow. Hardt and Negri explode this claustrophobic debate, taking readers to the deepest roots of our current crises and proposing radical, and deeply human, solutions. There has never been a better time for this book.
Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

Fredric Jameson

Commonwealth, last and richest of the Empire trilogy, is a powerful and ambitious reappropriation of the whole tradition of political theory for the Left. Clarifying Foucault's ambiguous notion of biopower, deepening the authors' own proposal for the notion of multitude, it offers an exhilarating summa of the forms and possibilities of resistance today. It is a politically as well as an intellectually invigorating achievement.
Fredric Jameson, Duke University

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