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August 2023
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Political Theory, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Politics and International Relations, Sociology

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Democracy and Empire theorizes the material basis of popular sovereignty via the Black radical tradition. Popular sovereignty contains an affective attachment to wealth, secured through collective agreements to dominate others, i.e., self-and-other-determination. Inés Valdez expands on racial capitalism by theorizing its Anglo-European-based popular politics, which authorize capital accumulation enabled by empire and legitimated by racial ideologies. This stunts political projects in the Global South. Valdez masterfully outlines how social reproduction is provided by racialized others who sacrifice families and communities, and how the political alienation from nature in wealthy polities is mediated by technology and enabled by a joint devaluation of nature and manual labor performed by racialized others. The book concludes with a theorization of anti-imperial popular sovereignty based on political relations that encompass nature. This title is part of the Flip it Open Programme and may also be available Open Access. Check our website Cambridge Core for details.

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  • Democracy and Empire - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Labor, Nature, and the Reproduction of Capitalism
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Dedication
    pp v-vi
  • Figures
    pp ix-x
  • Introduction
    pp 1-26
  • Part I - Imperial Popular Sovereignty
    pp 27-92
  • 1 - Empire, Popular Sovereignty, and the Problem of Self-and-Other-Determination
    pp 29-59
  • 2 - Socialism and Empire
    pp 60-92
  • Labor Mobility, Popular Sovereignty, and the Genesis of Racial Regimes
  • Part II - Reproduction through Popular Rule of Labor/Nature
    pp 93-166
  • 3 - The Brown Family and Social Reproduction in US Capitalism
    pp 95-132
  • 4 - Techno-Racism, Manual Labor, and Du Bois’s Ecological Critique
    pp 133-166
  • Part III - Anti-Imperial Popular Sovereignty
    pp 167-192
  • 5 - Anti-Imperial Popular Sovereignty and the Politics of Transnational Solidarity
    pp 169-192
  • Conclusion: Empire, Settler Colonialism, and Grounded Solidarities
    pp 193-206
  • Bibliography
    pp 207-228
  • Index
    pp 229-238


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