By Peter Lenco
The primary argument of this ebook is that the univocal ontology and corresponding immanent metaphysics of the French thinker Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) promises a theoretical viewpoint able to accounting for the advanced nature of worldwide politics.
Drawing on a large choice of Deleuze’s writings, it develops a radical research of his ontology and metaphysics as they pertain to center questions of worldwide politics akin to energy, id, hierarchy, house, time, territory and the state.
The ebook explores the dynamics of latest global politics and matters by way of concentrating on the ‘anti’ or ‘alter-globalization stream’ (AGM). It analyses a number of techniques to social and political conception which deal explicitly with the AGM together with worldwide governance conception, diplomacy, social stream idea, Marxism, and post-Marxism. those are contrasted with a bigger Deleuzian concept that are of use whilst addressing the diffuse, and sometimes paradoxical elements of worldwide politics.
Deleuze’s paintings poses a tremendous problem to standard figuring out of worldwide politics and this e-book should be of substantial curiosity to these with an curiosity in social and political concept, severe diplomacy and globalization studies.
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But beginning with the problems of power, hierarchy, and identity, the theories dealt with presently, selected on the basis of their sustained engage ment with the phenomenon of the AGM in one form or another, are global gov ernance approaches (neo-Kantianism, liberalism), IR (particularly the ubiquitous state-centric approaches), social movement literature, and Marxist (world prole tariat), and post-Marxist (the problem of hegemony) approaches. Global governance pertains to a rather broad body of literature interested in transnational space and its governance, one that analyses ‘the role of various national and multilateral responses to the fragmentation of economic and polit ical systems and the transnational flows permeating through national borders’ (Steger 2005: 35).
As Lacey notes, ‘Taking to the street... is a vital form of political discourse and dissent that is not reliant on formal access to power’ (Lacey 2005a: 411-12). Second, one of the most important ‘new’ aspects to the AGM is the promo tion of inclusion at the expense of identity. Over the past decades we can see a double movement of identity. On the one hand it has never been so important for social struggles on all levels in the form of multiculturalism, affirmative action, and ‘identity politics’ in general.
Marxian accounts o f new or newest social movements and transnational activ ism are appealing in that perhaps more than any other perspective here - even global governance - they have a built-in reliance on the global dimensions of oppression and struggle. Moreover, a Marxian position on capitalism perhaps rings truer in the last decade than at any other time in the last century (see Harvey 2000: 7), and unlike other approaches overviewed here, it is, almost by definition, non-reformist. Having said that, Marxian approaches face a number of difficulties in dealing with the aspects of the AGM that have been highlighted here.