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With the emergence of a diverse and spontaneous popular movement in Egypt, it is a good time to revisit the idea of the “multitude,” the much-discussed (and often challenged) political concept developed by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.  Although it is too soon to arrive at any conclusions about the uprising in Egypt, it may offer a compelling example of what a decentralized political figure like the multitude could look like.  We reviewed Hardt and Negri’s work on the tenth anniversary of the publication of Empire last April:

Containing Multitudes: The New Communist Manifestoes a Decade Later

 

Author: Alex Sayf Cummings

Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, whose work deals with technology, law, public policy, and the political culture of the modern United States. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Al Jazeera, and Southern Cultures, among other publications, and the book Democracy of Sound was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017). Alex can be followed on Twitter at @akbarjenkins.

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