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Albert, Michael (2022) 'COVID-19 and the Planetary Crisis Multiplicity: From Marxist Crisis Theory to Planetary Assemblage Theory.' Theory and Event, 25 (2). pp. 332-363.

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The COVID-19 crisis gives us occasion to reflect on the insights and limitations of Marxist crisis theory. While ecological Marxists in particular have made incisive analyses of these crises, I argue that traditional Marxist frameworks are insufficient for conceptualizing twenty-first century global crises, which emerge from complex material entanglements across multiple socio-ecological systems and take on self-organizing dynamics that exceed human agency. I therefore suggest that an encounter between ecological Marxism and Deleuzian assemblage theory can provide a more productive theoretical foundation for understanding the COVID-19 crisis and mapping what I call the broader "planetary crisis multiplicity."

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 25726633
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Theory & Event, 25 (2). pp. 332-363 (2022) published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Copyright © 2022 Johns Hopkins University Press
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Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 10:55

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