US Foreign Policy, Intersectional Totality, and the Structure of Empire

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Debates about US empire have subsided somewhat in the aftermath of the George W Bush presidency but the issues underlying such debates have not gone away. In arguing that the history of the United States is an imperial one, this article proposes that US empire is the expression of an intersectional totality, one shaped by various vectors of power but reducible to none. To make this case, the article presents a sketch of US imperial history in order to show how this intersectional totality has evolved over time. Such an exercise can give useful context to the foreign policy initiatives of the Barack Obama administration, one that differs from that of its immediate predecessor but is not outside the structure of imperial history’s longer duration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1566-1581
Number of pages15
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2014


  • US empire
  • intersectional totality
  • historical contextualisation


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