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Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology / Edition 1
     

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology / Edition 1

by Kate Crehan, Kate Crehan
 

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ISBN-10: 0520236025

ISBN-13: 9780520236028

Pub. Date: 12/19/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and American anthropology, especially for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power. This book explores Gramsci's understanding of culture and the links between culture and power. Kate Crehan makes extensive use of Gramsci's own writings, including his preprison journalism

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In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and American anthropology, especially for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power. This book explores Gramsci's understanding of culture and the links between culture and power. Kate Crehan makes extensive use of Gramsci's own writings, including his preprison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks. Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing. Crehan examines the challenge that Gramsci's approach poses to common anthropological assumptions about the nature of "culture" as well as the potential usefulness of Gramsci's writings for contemporary anthropologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236028
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/19/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Reading Gramscivii
Abbreviationsx
1.Introduction1
Why Should an Anthropologist Read Gramsci?3
Organization of the Book8
Part IContexts
2.Gramsci's Life and Work13
'Times of Iron and Fire'13
'History in All its Infinite Variety and Multiplicity'19
'... Something "Fur Ewig"'29
3.Anthropology and Culture: Some Assumptions36
Preliminaries36
A Complicated Word38
'... The Informal Logic of Actual Life'42
Cultures as Bounded Entities45
Culture and the Notion of Tradition52
Of Hybrids and Hybridity58
Part IIGramsci on Culture
4.Culture and History71
Culture in the Pre-Prison Writings72
Gramsci and Teleology76
Culture and Cultural Revolution in the Prison Notebooks80
'The Ultimately Determining Factor in History'88
Structure and Superstructure91
5.Subaltern Culture98
Hegemony99
Folklore105
Common Sense and Good Sense110
Explicit and Implicit Conceptions of the World115
Davide Lazzaretti120
Colonialism and Subalternity123
6.Intellectuals and the Production of Culture128
What Defines the Intellectual?131
Organic and Traditional Intellectuals137
Intellectuals and the Political Party145
Creating a National-Popular Collective Will152
Creating Culture, Creating Intellectuals156
Part IIIGramsci and Anthropology
7.Gramsci Now165
Raymond Williams' Gramsci166
'Hegemony Lite'172
Eric Wolf and the Anthropological Project177
Culture and Class in the Later Wolf181
Two Concepts of Class188
Class and Gender193
Tradition, Modernity and Mexican Machismo196
'Hegemony Lite' and Gramsci's Hegemony199
Escaping Subalternity205
A Concluding Note207
Bibliography211
Index215

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