Nomad Citizenship: Free-Market Communism and the Slow-Motion General Strike

Nomad Citizenship: Free-Market Communism and the Slow-Motion General Strike

by University Of Minnesota Press


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Nomad Citizenship argues for transforming our institutions and practices of citizenship and markets in order to release society from dependence on the state and capital. It changes Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of nomadology into a utopian project with immediate practical implications, developing ideas of a nonlinear Marxism and of the slow-motion general strike.

Responding to the challenge of creating philosophical concepts with concrete applications, Eugene W. Holland looks outside the state to analyze contemporary political and economic development using the ideas of nomad citizenship and free-market communism. Holland’s nomadology seeks to displace capital-controlled free markets with truly free markets. Its goal is to rescue market exchange, not perpetuate capitalism—to enable noncapitalist markets to coordinate socialized production on a global scale and, with an eye to the common good, to liberate them from capitalist control.

In suggesting the slow-motion general strike, Holland aims to transform citizenship: to renew, enrich, and invigorate it by supplanting the monopoly of state citizenship with plural nomad citizenships. In the process, he offers critiques of both the Clinton and Bush regimes in the broader context of critiques of the social contract, the labor contract, and the form of the state itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816666133
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 12/16/2011
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eugene W. Holland is professor and chair of comparative studies at Ohio State University. He recently coedited Gilles Deleuze: Image and Text.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Assays in Affirmative Nomadology

1. From Political Philosophy to Affirmative Nomadology
2. Death-State Citizenship
3. Nomad Citizenship
4. Free-Market Communism

Appendix: Nomadological and Dialectical Utopianism

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