Huey P. Newton’s Intercommunalism: An Unacknowledged Theory of Empire

Narayan, John (2017) Huey P. Newton’s Intercommunalism: An Unacknowledged Theory of Empire. Theory, Culture and Society. (In Press)

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Huey P. Newton remains one the Left’s intellectual enigmas. Although lauded for being the leader of the Black Panther Party, Newton is relatively unacknowledged as an intellectual. This paper challenges this neglect of Newton’s thought by shedding light on his theory of empire, and the present-day value of returning to his thought. This will centre on how Newton’s critique of what he called ‘reactionary intercommunalism’ prefigures many of the elements found in the work of Hardt and Negri on Empire. This comparison will be used to show how Newton not only foresaw elements of the rise of contemporary neo-liberal globalisation, but also offered an idea of political solidarity and revolutionary politics for such a context. The paper concludes by highlighting how Newton’s ideas about the need for a war of position based on ‘survival pending revolution’ presents a more theoretically and empirically salient conceptualization of resistance than his successors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA21: Sociology
Depositing User: John Narayan
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 09:09
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 15:40

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