Gramsci's Marxism: Reclaiming a Philosophy of History and Politics

Greaves, Nigel

Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN 10: 1848761279 / ISBN 13: 9781848761278
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This book pieces together Gramsci's philosophy of history and politics. The author establishes and utilise Gramsci's approach to the history of political thought to counter his employment by contemporary post-modernists. Num Pages: 254 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: HBTB; JPFC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 235 x 157 x 14. Weight in Grams: 396. . 2009. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Marxist philosopher and revolutionary Antonio Gramsci has never been as widely discussed in academia as he is today. His work is at the heart of a cluster of assumptions that acknowledge the social and cultural factors involved in fostering and replicating relations of power and domination. Gramsci's work on 'hegemony', 'intellectuals' and the state offer tremendous insights and his notions of 'war of position', 'historical bloc', and so forth, are very much part of the contemporary social science lexicon. However, it would seem inevitable that this acknowledgment should come at a price. Gramsci's concepts have been all too frequently utilised selectively and idiosyncratically such that the danger posed is one of dislocation of concept from background philosophical source. Due to the extensive range of its concerns and the select nature of its applications, the body of thought that has arisen around Gramsci in recent times is rather too unwieldy and diversified to allow us to identify what is meant exactly by the term 'Gramscian approach'. Indeed, what has evolved into a 'Gramscian school' in recent times is an oxymoron. Above all, Gramsci's thought has all too often become distanced from his historical context and applied in abstraction. The most clear-cut example of this is his current posthumous alignment with postmodern, post-structural and post-Marxist thinkers. The unacceptable by-product of this is a weakening of both the authority of Gramsci's philosophical foundations and his revolutionary motives. This process of contemporary domestication has gone too far and this book proposes a corrective. By adopting a contextual historicist method, derived in substantial part from Gramsci himself, the author's intention is to recover his philosophy of history and politics from the otherwise ambiguity that surrounds him. By tracing Gramsci's concepts back to his social, economic, political and philosophical environment, we will discover their participation in a more integrated and symmetrical philosophical schema than is widely assumed to exist.

About the Author: Nigel M. Greaves achieved a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Plymouth in 1998, an MA in Political Philosophy from the University of York in 1999 and a doctorate from the University of Northampton in 2005. He is a specialist in Italian Political thought and historical materialism and is currently teaching political theory at the University of Kurdistan Hawler.

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