Is there an autonomist model of political communication?

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This article explores the different models of political communication that inhere in Hardt and Negri's Empire trilogy, models that are explicit and implicit, intended and accidental, dominant and latent. From their existence tangled up in Hardt and Negri's work, I draw out for consideration the communicative models of the rhizome-book, manifesto, textbook, mass-market book, autonomous language, and political journal. My aim is less to evaluate the relative dominance of these models in the trilogy, than to take the opportunity this work offers for thinking political communication as specifically communist problematic, a somewhat neglected field of inquiry. © SAGE Publications 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-341
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Communication Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


  • autonomist
  • Hardt and Negri
  • manifesto
  • political communication
  • political media


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