Empire, Multitude, and the Fight Club

  • Michèle Meditz
  • Ulrich Hamenstädt


Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri published a worldwide bestseller with their book Empire, which was soon called the bible of the anti-globalization movement. Empire not only refreshes the neo-Marxist tradition in international relations theory but also includes additional theoretical approaches. These theoretical prerequisites and the style of writing make it a challenging book. Therefore this chapter aims to open a door to this book by taking a look at the movie Fight Club. Against a background of dialogues and scenes from the movie, insights into some ideas from Empire and multitude theory are given in this chapter. The course of the movie Fight Club—unfreedom, release through violence, and how violence creates unfreedom of the individual again—reflects the problems and dangers of modern subjectivity Hardt and Negri aim to make us aware of.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michèle Meditz
    • 1
  • Ulrich Hamenstädt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Political ScienceUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany

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