The Politics of Speed: Capitalism, the State and War in an Accelerating World, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Politics of Speed

Capitalism, the State and War in an Accelerating World, 1st Edition

By Simon Glezos


224 pages

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Everyone agrees that the world is accelerating. With advances in communication, transportation and information processing technologies, it is clear that the pace of events in global politics is speeding up at an alarming rate. The implications of this new speed however, continue to be a significant source of debate. Will acceleration lead to a more interconnected, productive, peaceful, and humane world; or a nightmarish descent into ecological devastation, economic exploitation and increasingly violent warfare?

The Politics of Speed attempts to map the contours of the new global space of speed, and investigates key issue areas – including democratic governance, warfare, capitalism, globalization and transnational activism – to uncover the ways in which acceleration is shaping the world. The book uses contemporary political theory (especially the works of Deleuze and Guattari) to develop an ontological account of speed, showing how its effects are frequently far more complex and surprising than we might expect. The result is an attempt to craft a way of engaging with global acceleration that might help avoid the dangers of speed, while embracing the possibilities it provides us with to produce a safer, more egalitarian, democratic and pluralistic world.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Fear of a Fast Planet 1. The Ticking Bomb: Speed, Democracy and the Politics of the Future 2. The Quick and the Dead: State and Nomad War Machines 3. The Acceleration of Inertia: Towards a Political Economy of Speed 4. Regimes of (Im)mobility: Towards an International Political Economy of Speed 5. ‘A world in which many worlds fit: On Rhizomatic Cosmopolitanism Conclusion. 'We Have Never Been Territorial': Fear and Hope in an Accelerating World

About the Author

Simon Glezos is a limited term senior instructor at the University of Victoria, Canada.

About the Series


The Series provides a forum for innovative and interdisciplinary work that engages with alternative critical, post-structural, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic and cultural approaches to international relations and global politics. In our first 5 years we have published 60 volumes.

We aim to advance understanding of the key areas in which scholars working within broad critical post-structural traditions have chosen to make their interventions, and to present innovative analyses of important topics. Titles in the series engage with critical thinkers in philosophy, sociology, politics and other disciplines and provide situated historical, empirical and textual studies in international politics.


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‘As Michel Foucault has famously stated, "knowledge is not made for understanding; it is made for cutting" In this spirit The Edkins - Vaughan-Williams Interventions series solicits cutting edge, critical works that challenge mainstream understandings in international relations. It is the best place to contribute post disciplinary works that think rather than merely recognize and affirm the world recycled in IR's traditional geopolitical imaginary.’

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General