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Ali, Noaman G. “Reading Gramsci through Fanon: Hegemony before Dominance in Revolutionary Theory.” Rethinking Marxism 27.2 (2015): 241–257.

This essay examines the importance of Antonio Gramsci's concepts of hegemony and dominance for anticolonial movements. Hegemony is a practice of power that rests substantially on the consent of various strata achieved by groups possessing or seeking state power, whereas dominance relies primarily on coercion. Subaltern groups and revolutionary parties, Gramsci argues, must displace ruling-class hegemony and become hegemonic themselves before assuming state power. But not all ruling classes are integrally hegemonic. As Ranajit Guha argues, colonialism represents "dominance without hegemony." Examining Frantz Fanon's discussion of anticolonial nationalism, I argue that even in situations of apparent dominance without hegemony, subaltern classes and revolutionary parties must achieve hegemony before state power for genuine decolonization. The essay argues that the emergence, consolidation, and problematic outcomes of FRELIMO's (Front for the Liberation of Mozambique) resistance to Portuguese colonialism indicate the need to pay close attention to the dialectic of hegemony before dominance.

Bhabha, Homi K. “‘The Beginning of Their Real Enunciation’: Stuart Hall and the Work of Culture.” Critical Inquiry 42.1 (2015): 1–30.

Buey, Francisco Fernández. Reading Gramsci. Trans. Nicholas Gray. Leiden ; Boston: Brill Academic, 2015.

Reading Gramsci is a collection of essays by Francisco Fernández Buey with a unifying theme: the enduring relevance of Gramsci’s political, philosophical and personal reflections for those who wish to understand and transform ‘the vast and terrible world’ of capital. Reading Gramsci is of considerable biographical and philosophical interest for scholars and partisans of communism alike. Fernández Buey distils Gramsci’s intimate thinking on the relation between love and revolutionary engagement from Gramsci’s personal correspondence; he reveals how Gramsci draws on both Marxism and Machiavellianism in order to formulate his conception of politics as a collective ethics; he retraces the trajectory of Gramsci’s thinking in the Prison Notebooks, and elucidates Gramsci’s reflections on the relation between language and politics. English translation of Leyendo a Gramsci, published by El Viejo Topo in 2001.

De Smet, Brecht. A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt: Gramsci, Vygotsky, and the Egyptian Revolution. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 97890-04262652 / 9781608465606

De Smet offers an intellectual dialogue between the political theory of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci and the cultural psychology of Soviet thinker Lev Vygotsky within the framework of the Egyptian 25 January Revolution. Their encounter affirms the enduring need for a coherent theory of the revolutionary subject in the era of global capitalism, based on a political pedagogy of subaltern hegemony, solidarity, and reciprocal education. Investigating the political and economic lineages and outcomes of the mass uprising of Tahrir Square, De Smet discusses the emancipatory achievements and hegemonic failures of the Egyptian workers' and civil-democratic movements from the perspective of their (in)ability to construct a genuine dialectical pedagogy.

Durey, Angela. “Antonio Gramsci and Pierre Bourdieu: ‘Whiteness’ and Indigenous Healthcare.” The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine. Ed. Fran Collyer. Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 191–204.

Egan, Daniel. “Insurrection and Gramsci’s ‘War of Position.’” Socialism and Democracy 29.1 (2015): 102–124.

Freeland, Anne. “Gramsci in the Era of Posthegemony?” Historical Materialism 23.2 (2015): 287–297.

This review examines a collection of essays that engage with the thought of Antonio Gramsci in relation to the postcolonial. I argue that some of the chapters display a symptomatic tendency to read into Gramsci's concepts a moral charge that detracts from their theoretical value, and that on the whole here Gramsci is either read in a post-Marxist key or dismissed as inoperable for the globalised postcolony of the present.

Garista, Patrizia et al. “The Mouse Gave Life to the Mountain: Gramsci and Health Promotion.” Health Promotion International 30.3 (2015): 746–755.

Health promotion and salutogenesis are embodied in people's everyday lives and in their stories. The assumptions of these scientific theories are similar to Gramsci's theory for better wellbeing in a community, where praxis and capacity building for reflective practice is the way forward for an equal global change. By explaining the road for transformation through narratives, particularly fables, Gramsci manages to reach people from all walks of life, from academics to children. One of these fables, the mouse and the mountain, is here presented as a trigger to health promotion action and as a metaphor for salutogenic thinking. The narrative paradigm for health promotion is the context within which the analogies among ‘the mouse's plan’, health promotion theory, the salutogenic model, empowerment as well as the practitioners’ opinions and experience are discussed and presented. In so doing, a ‘storytelling bridge’ is created between academics, practitioners and other stakeholders from the health, social and pedagogical arenas in knowledge construction environments. Hence, the article confers the possible contribution of Gramsci's educational perspective within health promotion by presenting a practical example of the use of narratives for capacity building. This is described through the interpretation of the same story in a hypothetical speech told by different storytellers, communicating their personal vision of the mouse's plan and so create a narrative-centered health promotion communication for meaning-making and for embracing theories among scholars and practitioners.

Hartmann, Eva. “The Educational Dimension of Global Hegemony.” Millennium - Journal of International Studies (2015): 44.1 (2015): 89–108.

This article seeks to further strengthen a sociological turn within International Relations (IR), which aims to make classical social theory fruitful for analysing the transnationalisation of societies. The focus is on the contribution of Antonio Gramsci's analysis in this regard. A number of scholars have transferred his theory of hegemony to the global level in order to gain a more sophisticated understanding of global power and its transformation in reaction to the deepening of global economic integration. Surprisingly, most neo-Gramscian scholars have devoted little attention to education, despite the importance Gramsci assigned to this social sphere. The article seeks to overcome this lacuna with a study of the internationalisation of higher education since the end of the Second World War. Against the backdrop of the insights this case study provides, it will suggest some modifications of the neo-Gramscian account of hegemony with a view to taking the sociological turn more seriously, and to deepening our understanding of the social quality and the scale of the emerging postnational hegemony.

Hirschhorn, Thomas. “Gramsci Monument.” Rethinking Marxism 27.2 (2015): 213–240.

The following texts concern the Gramsci Monument an artwork realized in the Bronx, New York, in 2013, commissioned by Dia Art Foundation. They were written before, during, and after the Gramsci Monument experience and were diffused on the website that was part of the artwork. They will be published in the book Gramsci Monument, (Konig Books and Dia Art Foundation, 2015). In these texts the artist struggles to understand, to fix in place, and to insist on what matters when making art in public space today.

Hirschhorn, Thomas. Gramsci Monument. New York: Walther König, Köln/DIA, 2015.

In 2013, Dia Art Foundation commissioned Thomas Hirschhorn to build Gramsci Monument, an overwhelming, complex and excessive outdoor sculpture that measured 8,000 square feet and was located on the grounds of Forest Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development in the Bronx, New York. On display for 77 days, with daily and weekly events organized by the artist, Gramsci Monument concluded Hirschhorn's series of "monuments" dedicated to philosophers, which began in 1999. Grounded in the love of Antonio Gramsci's work and life, specifically his fundamental concept of the "organic intellectual," this publication takes the form of a manual that details the complexity of creating an art work in public space, bringing together contemporary scholarship alongside accounts from residents, participants and visitors.

Hoare, George, and Nathan Sperber. An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci: His Life, Thought and Legacy. Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. ISBN: 9781472572769

This is a concise introduction to the life and work of the Italian militant and political thinker, Antonio Gramsci. As head of the Italian Communist Party in the 1920s, Gramsci was arrested and condemned to 20 years' imprisonment by Mussolini's fascist regime. It was during this imprisonment that Gramsci wrote his famous Prison Notebooks – over 2,000 pages of profound and influential reflections on history, culture, politics, philosophy and revolution. An Introduction to Antonio Gramsci retraces the trajectory of Gramsci's life, before examining his conceptions of culture, politics and philosophy. Gramsci's writings are then interpreted through the lens of his most famous concept, that of 'hegemony'; Gramsci's thought is then extended and applied to 'think through' contemporary problems to illustrate his distinctive historical methodology. The book concludes with a valuable examination of Gramsci's legacy today and useful tips for further reading.

Holst, John D. “Selections from New Contributions to Gramscian Studies.” International Journal of Lifelong Education 34.5 (2015): 607–618.

Review essay of Manuel Almeida's Dirigentes y Dirigidos: Para Leer los Cuadernos de la Cárcel de Antonio Gramsci; Esteve Morera's Gramsci, Materialism, and Philosophy; and Francisco Fernández Buey's Reading Gramsci.

Holst, John D. “New International Currents in Gramscian Studies.” Adult Education Quarterly 65.3 (2015): 287-292.

Review essay of Antonio Santucci’s Antonio Gramsci; Carlos Coutinho’s Gramsci’s Political Thought; and Neelam Srivastava and Baidik Bhattacharya’s The Postcolonial Gramsci .

Holst, John D. “The Political Independence of the Working Class: Antonio Gramsci’s Pedagogical Leitmotif.” Proceedings of the 56th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, May 19-22, 2015. Eds. Jeff Zacharakis and Royce Ann Collins. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University, 2015. Available online.

This paper argues that the leitmotif of Gramsci’s theory and practice was the political independence of the working class. The centrality of pedagogy in this leitmotif is captured by Gramsci’s concept of catharsis.

Huang, Heidi Yu. “Gramsci and Cultural Hegemony in Post-Mao China.” Literature Compass 12.8 (2015): 404–413.

This article gives an overview of the reception and re-conception of Gramsci's theory of cultural hegemony in China. It first analyses the semantic shifts and differences in the varied Chinese translations of the term, then discusses how the use of these distinctive Chinese translations has variously helped or limited scholars when examining the ideological discrepancies in contemporary reworkings of Gramscian thought in post-Maoist China. This article concludes that hegemony offers a theoretical point of departure when seeking to understand the theories and practices of cultural revolution in modern China, even as the post-Maoist context requires consideration of a dialectical, conceptual model addressing both local and globalizing contexts for understanding China's rising power.

Izzo, Francesca. “Althusser and Italy: A Two-Fold Challenge to Gramsci and Della Volpe.” International Critical Thought 5.2 (2015): 200–210.

During the 1960s, the "exchange" between Louis Althusser and Italian Marxist philosophers developed around the theme of the autonomy of Marxism. Harmony between the theories of Althusser and Galvano Della Volpe (and his students) was short-lived, and there was a definitive break around the relationship between science and ideology. The chief intermediary for introducing Althusser's thought to Italy was Cesare Luporini, a philosopher and an active member of the Italian Communist Party who brought For Marx and Reading Capital to Italy. Althusser's grappling with Gramsci was constant, and after the critiques of historicist Marxism, the author of Prison Notebooks came to hold influence over the French philosopher with regard to political matters. As Althusser's thought developed, considerable weight was also held by the reading, mediated by Gramsci, of the works of Niccolò Machiavelli, which consolidated his relationship with Italian political and philosophical culture. Althusser managed to catch a glimpse of the philosophical significance of the Gramscian conception of reality as relations of forces (the philosophy of praxis) beyond the historicist and humanist schema within which he had enclosed Gramsci in Reading Capital. But his reading of Machiavelli would develop in the direction of so-called aleatory materialism, also because to Althusser (for deeply-held political reasons: his attachment to classism and to the division of the world into two adversarial camps), the Gramscian category of hegemony would always remain extraneous.

Keucheyan, Razmig, and Cédric Durand. “Bureaucratic Caesarism: A Gramscian Outlook on the Crisis of Europe.” Historical Materialism 23.2 (2015): 23–51.

In 2010, the Eurozone became the epicentre of the world crisis. The vulnerability of Europe appears to be linked to the specific institutional arrangement which organises monetary, financial and budgetary policies within the Eurozone. This article tries to understand the evolution of the euduring a short but decisive historical sequence (2007–12) in a theoretical framework that puts elements of Gramsci's reflections on the theme of crisis, and especially his notion of 'Caesarism', at its centre. It addresses the current debate concerning the relationships between democratic politics and neoliberalism, while focusing on how the radicalisation of the crisis put at stake the co-construction of capitalism and representative democracy in the Western world since wwii.

Kreps, David, ed. Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment. Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub Co, 2015.

Mapping the resonances, dissonances, and linkages between the thought of Gramsci and Foucault to uncover new tools for socio-political and critical analysis for the twenty-first century, this book reassesses the widely-held view that their work is incompatible. With discussions of Latin American revolutionary politics, indigenous knowledges, technologies of government and the teaching of paediatrics in post-invasion Iraq, complexity theory, medical anthropology and biomedicine, and the role of Islam in the transition to modern society in the Arab world, this interdisciplinary volume presents the latest theoretical research on different facets of these two thinkersa (TM) work, as well as analyses of the specific linkages that exist between them in concrete settings. A rigorous, comparative exploration of the work of two towering figures of the twenty-first century, Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment will appeal to scholars and students of social and political theory, political sociology, communication and media studies, and contemporary philosophy.

Liguori, Guido. Gramsci’s Pathways. Trans. David Broder. Leiden ; Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-90-04-24519-8

Gramsci's works, in particular his Prison Notebooks, are a real 'workshop' of activity. Even though these texts were the product of a great mind and an organic conception of the world, the particular context in which they are written poses challenges for their interpreters. This philological 'excavation' of the pathways of Gramsci's thinking brings us closer to an author who is more 'widely-known' than he is understood. The first part of the volume deals with central themes of Gramsci's worldview such as the concepts of the state, civil society, ideology, common sense, morality and conformism. The second part deals with Gramsci's relations with thinkers as diverse as Machiavelli, Marx, Engels, Labriola, Togliatti, whereas the third part offers some reflections on the metaphors used by Gramsci as well as contemporary views of the Sardinian Communist.

Mayo, Peter. Hegemony and Education Under Neoliberalism: Insights from Gramsci. Routledge, 2015.

Based in a holistic exposition and appraisal of Gramsci's writings that are of relevance to education in neoliberal times, this book--rather than simply applying Gramsci's theories to issues in education--argues that education constitutes the leitmotif of his entire oeuvre and lies at the heart of his conceptualization of the ancient Greek term hegemony that was used by other political theorists before him. Starting from this understanding, the book goes on to compare Gramsci's theories with those of later thinkers in the development of a critical pedagogy that can confront neoliberalism in all its forms.

Mayo, Peter. “Gramsci, Education and Power.” Power and Education. Ed. Antonia Kupfer. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 41–57.

McNally, Mark, ed. Antonio Gramsci. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-137-33417-6

Contents

Introduction: The Life of a Reflective Revolutionary. Mark McNally

  1. Gramsci, The United Front Comintern and Democratic Strategy. Mark McNally
  2. Morbid Symptoms: Gramsci and The Crisis of Liberalism. James Martin
  3. Intellectuals and Masses: Agency and Knowledge in Gramsci. Benedetto Fontana
  4. Gramsci, Language and Pluralism. Alessandro Carlucci
  5. Gramsci’s Marxism: The ‘Philosophy of Praxis. Peter D. Thomas
  6. Conceptions of Subalternity In Gramsci. Guido Liguori
  7. Gramsci and ‘The International’: Past, Present and Future. Andreas Bieler, Ian Bruff and Adam David Morton
  8. Gramsci and Subaltern Struggles Today: Spontaneity, Political Organization, and Occupy Wall Street. Marcus E. Green
  9. The Historical Bloc: Toward A Typology of Weak States and Contemporary Legitimation Crises. Darrow Schecter
  10. Gramsci, Hegemony, and Post-Marxism. David Howarth

Conclusion: Contemporary Themes. Mark McNally

Nelson, Marcel. “Gramsci, Hegemony, and Global Governance.” A History of the FTAA. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 27–59.

This chapter will develop a theoretical framework from which one can begin to conceptualize how developments at local or national scales can have real consequences on the institutional materiality of global governance institutions. This will be done by working through Gramsci’s concepts as well as reviewing the neo-Gramscian school of international relations theory. In so doing, this chapter will seek to resolve some important theoretical difficulties that have plagued attempts to apply Gramsci’s core concepts to a historical context that is very different from his own, with the emergence of global governance institutions accompanied by the expansion and deepening of capitalist social relations. One of the major contradictions surrounding the contemporary application of Gramsci’s concepts is the salience of the concepts of civil society and the state at geographical scales, situated beyond the national one. Specifically, there is controversy whether one can apply the concept of civil society to contemporary contexts without reference to a state. More to the point, authors such as Randall Germain and Michael Kenny questioned whether neo-Gramscian theory could speak of a global civil society in the absence of an equivalent global state while remaining faithful to the overall thrust of Gramsci’s work.

Nielsen, Kenneth Bo, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen. “Law Struggles and Hegemonic Processes in Neoliberal India: Gramscian Reflections on Land Acquisition Legislation.” Globalizations 12.2 (2015): 203–216.

This article explores how, in the context of an unfolding process of neoliberalisation in India, new terrains of resistance are crystallising for subaltern groups seeking to contest the marginalising consequences of this process. We focus particularly on the emergence of India's 'new rights agenda' through a study of the making of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2013. Conceiving of the emergence of the 'new rights agenda' as a hegemonic process, we decipher how law-making is a complex and contradictory practice seeking to negotiate a compromise equilibrium between, on the one hand, subaltern groups vulnerable to marginalisation and capable of mobilisation; and, on the other, dominant groups whose economic interests are linked to the exploitation of the spaces of accumulation recently pried open by market-oriented reforms. The negotiation of this equilibrium, we suggest, is ultimately intended to facilitate India's process of neoliberalisation.

Nilsen, Alf Gunvald. “Subalterns and the State in the Longue Durée: Notes from ‘The Rebellious Century’ in the Bhil Heartland.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 0.0 (2015): 1–22.

Focusing on recent debates over the ways in which subaltern groups engage with the state in India, the article proposes that it is imperative to historicise our conceptions of subaltern politics in India. More specifically, the argument is made that it is imperative to recognise that subaltern appropriations of the institutions and discourses of the state have a longer historical lineage than what is often proposed in critical work on popular resistance in rural India. The article presents a detailed analysis of Adivasi rebellions in colonial western India and argues that these took the form of a contentious negotiation of the incorporation of tribal communities into an emergent "colonial state space." The conclusion presents a sketch of a Gramscian approach to the study of how subaltern politics proceeds in and through determinate state–society relations.

Nilsen, Alf Gunvald, and Srila Roy, eds. New Subaltern Politics: Reconceptualizing Hegemony and Resistance in Contemporary India. Oxford, 2015.

New Subaltern Politics presents a critical dialogue between the conceptual and analytical legacies of Subaltern Studies and the evolving forms of hegemony and resistance in contemporary India. From the struggles of the urban poor in Gujarat to the activism of sexual subalterns in eastern India and the mobilization of artisanal fishing communities in Tamil Nadu, the essays in this volume cover a diverse range of ongoing struggles against dispossession, disenfranchisement, and stigma that are unfolding in neoliberal India. The volume analyses the forms of collective agency that subaltern groups develop to negotiate with the workings of power from above. Foregrounding the imaginative, affective, and secular dimensions of subaltern agency, New Subaltern Politics interrogates the current relevance of Gramscian concepts of hegemony, subalternity, and the integral state in the contemporary Indian context. Bringing together path-breaking methodological and conceptual interventions in the study of subaltern politics, this volume will be invaluable to all those engagedaas academics or as activists-in the struggle against unjust societies and unequal developmental trajectories.

Patnaik, Arun K. “Autonomy and Intersubjectivity in Different Praxes.” Economic and Political Weekly 50.34 (2015): 7–8.

Review of The Political Philosophies of Antonio Gramsci and B R Ambedkar: Itineraries of Dalits and Subalterns edited by Cosimo Zene; London and New York: Routledge, 2013; pp 242.

Pearmain, Andrew. Gramsci in Love. Charlotte, NC: Top Hat Books, 2015.

Gramsci in Love is a fictional account of the love life of the famous Italian communist leader Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), focusing on his curious relationships with the three Schucht sisters, Evgenia, Tatiana and his wife Julia. It is set against the background of the Soviet Revolution and the Fascist takeover in Italy.

Rehmann, Jan. “Ideology-Critique with the Conceptual Hinterland of a Theory of the Ideological,” Critical Sociology 41, no. 3 (2015): 433–448.

The 'ideology-theoretical turn' of the late 1970s and 1980s claimed a re-foundation of Marxist research into ideology, which was stuck in several respects. Its attempt to overcome the traditional fixation on a criticism of 'false' consciousness is still valid. It led, however, in particular in the tradition of the Althusser School, to an over-general notion of ideology that repressed the radical and critical impulses of Marx and Engels' concept of ideology. Going deliberately against the grain of a predominant tendency in secondary literature, which places Marx/Engels' and Gramsci's concepts of ideology on opposite poles of the spectrum, the essay shows that the strength of the respective approaches lies in their particular combination of ideology-critique and ideology-theory. The dichotomy of these strands is misguided and counterproductive and needs to be overcome by the renewal of an ideology-critique which is informed and backed up by a materialist theory of the ideological.

Rosengarten, Frank. Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015).

Frank Rosengarten, who co-founded S&D, died in August 2014, at the age of 87. His remarkable contribution to our efforts, both as a writer and as a participant in our joint work, continued until the very end. This section includes reviews of his last three books, beginning with his memoir (whose publication he celebrated with friends just a few weeks before his death); the last review he wrote; and tributes by two of our board-members who were with the Research Group from its earliest days. Frank's own reflections on the journal can be found in S&D #40 (vol. 20, no. 1, March 2006). – V.W.

Bencivenni, Marcella. “Frank Rosengarten, Through Partisan Eyes: My Friendships, Literary Education, and Encounters in Italy, 1956–2013.” Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015): 70–75.

Cleffie, Joseph. “Frank Rosengarten, The Revolutionary Marxism of Antonio Gramsci.” Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015): 75–79.

Zuss, Mark. “Frank Rosengarten. Giacomo Leopardi’s Search for a Common Life through Poetry.” Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015): 79–83.

Rosengarten, Frank. “Lawrence J. Friedman, The Lives of Erich Fromm–Love’s Prophet.” Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015): 83–86.

Brown, Michael E., and George Snedeker. “Remembering Frank Rosengarten.” Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015): 86–90.

Routledge, Paul. “Engendering Gramsci: Gender, the Philosophy of Praxis, and Spaces of Encounter in the Climate Caravan, Bangladesh.” Antipode (2015): n/a–n/a.

This paper examines the gendered politics of national and international networking amongst peasant farmers' movements in South Asia. In particular the paper provides an ethnographic account, based upon the author's critical engagement with the Bangladesh Krishok (farmer) Federation and the Bangladesh Kishani Sabha (Women Farmers' Association), of the Climate Change, Gender and Food Sovereignty Caravan that was organised in Bangladesh in 2011. The paper draws upon Antonio Gramsci's theory of the philosophy of praxis and feminist research on social reproduction, dispossession and materiality to interrogate the spaces of encounter and solidarity-building practices of the Caravan between different communities in the country and between different social movement actors. The paper examines how processes of political organisation and consciousness-raising within and between social movements are problematised by gendered power relations. The paper concludes with suggestions concerning how the philosophy of praxis in Bangladesh might be "engendered" to incorporate a politics of social reproduction.

San Juan, Jr, E. Between Empire and Insurgency: The Philippines in the New Millennium. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-971-542-762-3.

The first chapter of this book is entitled "Antonio Gramsci and 'National-Popular Revolution."

Schwarzmantel, John. The Routledge Guidebook to Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2015.

Gramsci's Prison Notebooks are one of the most important and original sources of modern political philosophy but the Prison Notebooks present great difficulties to the reader. Not originally intended for publication, their fragmentary character and their often cryptic language can mystify readers, leading to misinterpretation of the text. The Routledge Guidebook to Gramsci's Prison Notebooks provides readers with the historical background, textual analysis and other relevant information needed for a greater understanding and appreciation of this classic text. This guidebook: Explains the arguments presented by Gramsci in a clear and straightforward way, analysing the key concepts of the notebooks. Situates Gramsci's ideas in the context of his own time, and in the history of political thought demonstrating the innovation and originality of the Prison Notebooks. Provides critique and analysis of Gramsci's conceptualisation of politics and history (and culture in general), with reference to contemporary (i.e. present-day) examples where relevant. Examines the relevance of Gramsci in the modern world and discusses why his ideas have such resonance in academic discourse Featuring historical and political examples to illustrate Gramsci's arguments, along with suggestions for further reading, this is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to engage more fully with The Prison Notebooks

Smet, Brecht De. A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt: Gramsci, Vygotsky, and the Egyptian Revolution. Boston: Brill Academic Pub, 2015.

Thomas, Peter. “Gramsci’s Reading of the Base/Superstructure Metaphor,” Returns of Marxism, edited by Sara R. Farris, Amsterdam/Chicago: IIRE/Haymarket, 2015.

Thomas, Peter. “Uneven Developments, Combined: The First World War and Marxist Theories of Revolution”, Cataclysm 1914: The First World in the Making of Modern World Politics, edited by Alex Anievas, Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Thomas, Peter. “Gramsci’s Machiavellian Metaphor. Restaging The Prince”, The Radical Machiavelli: Politics, Philosophy and Language, edited by Fabio Frosini, Filippo Del Lucchese and Vittorio Morfino, Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Whitehead, Judith. “Au Retour a Gramsci: Reflections on Civil Society, Political Society and the State in South Asia.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 45.4 (2015): 660–676.

This article critically analyses Partha Chatterjee’s recent concepts of civil society and political society, showing that their binary character is derived from a culturalist conflation of capitalism with modernity. In turn, modernity becomes equated with a naturalised liberal democratic state, precluding any appreciation of how resistance can and does shape the character of the state. Second, it compares Chatterjee’s categories of civil and political society to those of Gramsci, arguing that a return to classical Gramscian categories, along with an appreciation of the impact of colonialism on state forms, can provide studies of resistance with a richer and more elegant understanding of social change from below in contemporary India.

Worth, Owen. Rethinking Hegemony. London ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Hegemony has long been a key concept within the study of International Relations, as well as across the social sciences more generally, and a term used by analysts to make sense of contemporary events. Drawing on a rich historical framework, this book traces the different definitions and interpretations of hegemony in world politics and shows that the term continues to be a contested one. It examines and develops traditional ideas about hegemony – from the idea of the strong leading state to the dominance of particular ideologies – through a wide range of approaches including hegemonic stability theory and the work of Antonio Gramsci. Exploring issues such as the role of the state, the changing influence of regionalism and the emergence of counter-hegemonic movements, this book argues that a more nuanced understanding of hegemony is necessary in order to understand the construction of the contemporary world order. Considering a wide range of case studies throughout – from the reputation of the United States as an international leader, to the European Union's regional hegemony and the economic prowess of the so-called BRICS group – this text provides the ideal guide to a multi-faceted term and significant force of both history and the modern age.

French

Thomas, Peter. "L'hypothèse communiste et la question de l'organisation", Période, 2015.

German

None to report.

Italian

See IGS Italia > Bibliografia Italiana. News of Italian publications should be sent to Michele Filippini.

Japanese

La Città Futura, Tokyo Gramsci Society Bulletin No. 64 (August 2015)

  1. Antonio Gramsci, Extracts from Notebook 7, Notes on Philosophy, Materialism, and Idealism. 2nd Series (Part 2). Translated by Koichi Ohara
  2. Antonio Gramsci, Additional Notes Relating to the Risorgimento (Part 5), Translated by the Prison Notebooks Research Group.
  3. Review of Paulo Freire, The Pegagogy of the Opressed, by Nobuaki Kurosawa.

La Città Futura, Tokyo Gramsci Society Bulletin No. 63 (June 2015)

  1. Antonio Gramsci, Extracts from Notebook 7, Notes on Philosophy, Materialism, and Idealism. 2nd Series (Part 1). Translated by Koichi Ohara
  2. Antonio Gramsci, Additional Notes Relating to the Risorgimento (Part 4), Translated by the Prison Notebooks Research Group.
  3. Review of Hidenobu Ueno, A Private Record of Mayuya, by Nobuaki Kurosawa.

Portuguese

Thomas, Peter. “A Primeira Guerra Mundial e as teorias marxistas da revolução”, Outubro 24, 2015.

Spanish

None to report.

Thai

None to report.

Turkish

Feyzullah Yilmaz has compiled a list of Turkish Gramsci publications at Neo-Gramsian Portal.

 



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