Anthropology and the radical philosophy of antonio negri and michael hardt


Journal Article

The trilogy by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth (2009), is among the major works of political theory to emerge in this century, with specific relevance for anthropological analyses of global power. This introduction provides a synthetic overview of the conflicted encounter between anthropologists (John Kelly, Aihwa Ong, Anna Tsing, and Sylvia Yanagisako) and Hardt and Negri's vision that is staged in this thematic cluster of Focaal. It reviews the anthropologists' three main critiques of the Empire trilogy, the analysis of state and labor, the scale of analysis, and the ethics of global theorizing, which point to an apparent disciplinary rift between global ethnography and radical philosophy. This disciplinary rift is itself characterized differently by anthropologists and Michael Hardt, which I suggest results from different modalities for depicting social dynamics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, A

Published Date

  • November 30, 2012

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 15

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-5263

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0920-1297

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3167/fcl.2012.640101

Citation Source

  • Scopus