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PosthegemonyPolitical Theory and Latin America$
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Jon Beasley-Murray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647149

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647149.001.0001

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Negri and Multitude

Negri and Multitude

(p.226) Conclusion Negri and Multitude

Jon Beasley-Murray

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter examines the concept of multitude within the context of posthegemony by focusing on Peronism in Argentina, Sendero Luminoso in Peru, national liberation struggles in Central America, and new social movements in Chile. Drawing on Antonio Negri’s notion of multitude, it considers the physiognomy of the Latin American multitude and how a theory of posthegemony reframes analysis of the region. It also discusses the relationship of constituent to constituted power, and therefore the double inscription of power in posthegemony, as well as the points at which that constitution starts to dissolve. It suggests that multitude goes against the dominant tradition of modern political philosophy that, according to Negri, is represented by Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Finally, the chapter looks at Negri’s “theory of the political composition of subjectivity” based on Benedict de Spinoza’s “constitutive ontology”.

Keywords:   multitude, posthegemony, Peronism, social movements, Antonio Negri, Latin America, power, political philosophy, subjectivity, Benedict de Spinoza

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