Metropolitanism and postcoloniality in Hardt and Negris Empire trilogy

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This article surveys Michael Hardt and Antonio Negris Empire trilogy-Empire, Multitude and Commonwealth-in terms of postcolonialism. As "the Communist Manifesto for the 21st Century", the trilogy has inspired contemporary leftist debates on transnationalism and shaped critical discourses about biopolitics and immaterial labor. In their manifesto, Hardt and Negri claim that old empires perished long ago, and the postcolonial condition no longer explains the current global order. Yet the trilogy is fraught with localized postcolonial issues, and the trilogy resounds with old national and colonial issues such as nationalism, imperialism and local unrests, the anxieties of which the authors cannot obliterate. By developing these localized postcolonial questions, this article takes issue with the way the trilogy assimilates postcolonial social formations that reside beneath the grand narrative of global Empire.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-684
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Postcolonial Writing
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 2

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Postcoloniality
Trilogy
Manifesto
Grand Narrative
Commonwealth
Postcolonialism
Imperialism
Transnationalism
Unrest
Negri
Nationalism
Anxiety
Colonies
Leftist
Discourse
Communist
Immaterial Labour
21st Century
Biopolitics

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In: Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 51, No. 6, 02.11.2015, p. 672-684.

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