Kate Crehan An introduction to the concept of culture in Gramsci’s writing of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. BOOK REVIEWS Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology. By Kate Crehan. Berkeley: Uni sity of California Press, Pp. x, $ cloth, $ paper. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Dec 1, , Les Field and others published Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology Kate Crehan }.

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Kate Crehan makes extensive This refusal to discuss or theorize any future culture parallels the refusal to specify the content of class consciousness Viewed from another angle, the normative role theory would play to guide or shape the relation of present to future disappears.

I would make one small criticism of her generally valuable discussion of base and superstructure. Most of this review will be devoted to an admiring elaboration of this mapping.

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This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. Selected pages Title Page. GramsciCultureand Anthropology is a welcome contribution to the revival of interest in the work of Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci did not want merely to study the world, but change it. It is interesting how those who fill their apartments in New York.

But she is not interested in countering the concept of culture with the post-Marxist emphasis on hybridity and border crossing.

An Introduction New York: It of course underlies any clash of civilization paradigm. If post-Marxists like Laclau and Mouffe deconstruct class interest by deconstructing base and superstructure, Crehan critiques base and superstructure, as noted above, in defense of class interest. Cambridge University Press, Gramsci Now Bibliography Index. Extensive use is made of Gramsci’s own writings, including his pre-prison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks.


Putting “culture” into context

Fortunately, the concept of class interest that undergirds class analysis is fully defensible. This is a serious omission because the affiliated epistemological problems threaten to undermine the defense of class to which Crehan is rightly committed. Put another way, there may be numerous ways of rendering the fragments coherent. Marx himself seemed to resist such theorizing as a form of true socialism, a false universality that would only serve to mystify class interest.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Obviously, this is not the place for a defense of moral realism but let me make a few assertions by way of conclusion: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. Class class structure, class rule, class struggleproperly contextualized, not reified cultures, is what does the relevant explanatory work.

Duke University Press,pp. This view becomes understandable in the light of his historicism. What I am suggesting then is that the failure to sustain a plausible concept of truth undermines a cogent theorizing of the notion of objective interest in an emancipated future, which in turn should be the basis for class consciousness.

Methodologically, too, there may be limited value in an historical comparative analysis of the organization of ward and factory councils to the organizational framework and capacity of the Occupy movement to think about activism, goals, and politics.


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Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

But Gramsci himself understood hegemony as the complex and practical ways in which power is exercised by the state and its various institutions in Western bourgeois democracies. How does a historicist judge between them? He serves on the editorial board of Sociological Focus: But this notion is nothing to celebrate and interestingly in conflict with the anthropological concept. This is not to suggest that the islanders lacked agency.

Romantic nationalism claims the right of self determination based on community autonomy against the right of self-determination based on reason, a-historical and abstract principles of right. Gramsci and Anthropology 7.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

But, to paraphrase E. Published by Pluto Press in Nov I would further assert that thought through, the notion of objective interests requires the dialectical unity of fact and value, truth and justice. The AAA has now voted in favour of a change in its ethics code that specifically draws a line between legitimate anthropological research and spying for the military.

Rather, Crehan enlists these three concepts subalterns, intellectuals, and common sense to help us understand contemporary inequality and the response to it on the part of mass movements—social movements that have emerged since the kqte economic and financial crisis of