Empire or imperialism: Implications for a 'new' politics of resistance

Pal Ahluwalia*

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Globalisation raises questions about the capacity of the nation-state to function within the national interest. Hardt and Negri argue that nation-state sovereignty is in decline and that Empire - a new supranational and deterritorialising form of sovereignty - has superseded it. The question then arises, where does sovereignty reside if it is no longer existent within the nation-state. It is here that post-colonial theory may well provide insights as post-colonial subjects have had to confront these issues. The following questions are explored through a critical engagement with recent social theory. What is the relationship between the biological and political body within such a context? Furthermore, what are the implications of this for a politics of resistance?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629-645
JournalSocial Identities
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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