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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. His work deals with media, law, and the political culture of the modern United States. He has previously received a Consortium for Faculty Diversity fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, and the American Baptist Historical Society’s Torbet Prize. His work has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, Technology and Culture, and the edited volume Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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