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By Michael K. Middleton

The implications of part a century of intensified methods of neoliberal
globalization announce themselves in growing to be inequalities in prosperous facilities of worldwide
trade and in impoverished websites populated via exploited groups and assets.
Political upheavals, social marginalizations, and fiscal insecurities brought by means of
these mess ups in either the worldwide South and the worldwide North represent a tenuous
common flooring among diversified collectivities of fight.
This dissertation takes this capability universal floor among disparate
communities marginalized by way of neoliberalism as a terrain on which to discover attainable
solidarities among those ‘singularities of struggle.’ It asks how neighborhood struggles waged via
communities within the worldwide North and worldwide South contest and sidestep the stipulations of
neoliberalism, and what types of political identification, collective identifications, and
micropolitical energy are invented in those struggles.
To resolution those questions, Deleuze and Guattari’s “State-form” and “war-machine” are mobilized as serious instruments for conceptualizing how neoliberalism
universalist assumptions are manifested in singular occasions. specific realization is
given to the universally-singular expressions of fabric poverty, differential inclusion,
and subordination wrought by way of neoliberal globalization, and the demanding situations those
conditions create for theorizing universal topoi of oppositional discourse, together with
identity, collectivity, and gear.

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Gilbert 2008, 77). Anti-neoliberal globalization then is marked by a central tension over how resistance and power might best be conceptualized.   23 Biopolitical production, for Hardt and Negri, emphasizes the possibility for new relationships and forms of production hastened by the immaterial, affective labor of contemporary capitalism. In other words, while Hardt and Negri draw on Foucault’s development of biopower, they are interested in focusing on the productive, and unpredictable, relationships that emerge without being able to be entirely disciplined.

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