Gramsci Bibliography: 2016

Below is a list of recent publications related to Gramsci that have been sent to us or brought to our attention by members of the International Gramsci Society. We update the page as new information becomes available. Previous bibliographies to the year 2004 are linked below, and bibliographies from 1992-2005 are included in the archived issues of the IGS Newsletter under the heading “Gramsci Bibliography: Recent Publications.”

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Agustín, Óscar García, and Martin Bak Jørgensen, eds. Solidarity without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society. London: Pluto Press, 2016.

Solidarity without Borders examines the politics of migration at the ground-level, considering migrants not as an issue to be solved but as individual political agents, exploring the possibilities raised by alliances between migrants and trade unions, worker organizations, and other constituencies. Applying Gramsci’s theories of modern resistance and taking up the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey, social movements in Ireland, and the Lampedusan Libyan migrant group as case studies, Solidarity without Borders demonstrates how new solidarity relations are shaped and how these may construct a new common ground for developing political alternatives.

Contents
1: Óscar Garcia Agustín & Martin Bak Jørgensen: Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives On Migration And Civil Society Alliances

Part I: The Heterogeneity Of Political Actors
2: Ursula Apitzsch: Gramsci’s “Philosophy Of Praxis” And The Topic Of Migration
3: Nazl enses & K vanç Özcan: Countering Hegemony Through A Park
Chapter 4: Miguel Mellino: Gramsci In Slices – Race, Colonialism, Migration And The Postcolonial Gramsci

Part 2: Solidarity And Alliances
5: Derek Boothman: Political And Social Alliances: Gramsci And Today
6: Ronald Munck & Mary Hyland: Gramsci, Migrants And Trade Unions: An Irish Case Study
7: Laurence Cox: The Southern Question And The Irish Question: A Social Movement Perspective

Part 3: Avoiding Misplaced Alliances
8: Peter Mayo: Hegemony, Migration & Misplaced Alliances Lessons From Gramsci
9: Óscar García Agustín & Martin Bak Jørgensen: For The Sake Of Workers But Not Immigrants Workers? Social Dumping And Free Movement

Part 4: Spaces Of Resistance
10: David Featherstone: Politicising The Crisis: The Southern Question, Uneven Geographies And The Construction Of Solidarity
11: Lisa Kings, Aleksandra Ålund And Nazem Tahvilzadeh: Contesting Urban Management Regimes: The Rise Of Urban Justive Movements In Sweden
12: Susi Meret And Elisabetta Della Corte: Spaces Of Resistance And Re-Actuality Of Gramsci In Refugees’ Struggles For Rights: The ‘Lampedusa In Hamburg’ Between Exit And Voice

Conclusion
13: Óscar Garcia Agustín & Martin Bak Jørgensen: Against Pessimism – A Time And Space For Solidarity
Index

Briziarelli, Marco, and Susana Martínez Guillem. Reviving Gramsci: Crisis, Communication, and Change. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Engaging debates within cultural studies, media and communication studies, and critical theory, this book addresses whether Gramscian thought continues to be relevant for social and cultural analysis, in particular when examining times of crisis and social change. The book is motivated by two intertwined but distinct purposes: first, to show the privileged and fruitful link between a "Gramscian Theory of Communication" and a "Communicative Theory of Gramsci;" second, to explore the ways in which such a Gramscian perspective can help us interpret and explain different forms of political activism in the twenty-first century, such as "Occupy" in the US, "Indignados" in Spain, or "Movimento Cinque Stelle" in Italy.

Carley, Robert. “Ideological Contention: Antonio Gramsci and the Connection Between Race and Social Movement Mobilization in Early Twentieth-Century Italy.” Sociological Focus 49.1 (2016): 28–43.

This article introduces the concept “ideological contention” into the study of social movements and demonstrates the concept through an analysis of the relationship between race and mobilization in modern national contexts. The analysis links the emergence of scientific racism to the period of large nation state consolidation and the development of liberal political ideologies across Western nations. The paper demonstrates that movement struggles within the context of a national ideological framework impact the organization, process of ideological elaboration, and strategic choices a movement makes. I explore how ideology organizes, coordinates, and mobilizes movement members in political processes through a study of Sardinian worker, peasant, and communist struggles in the context of a modernized and industrialized Italy (1917–1920). I argue that reevaluating the theoretical and empirical relationship between ideology and the frame perspective could strengthen analyses of social movement struggles.

Caruso, Loris. “Gramscis Political Thought and the Contemporary Crisis of Politics.” Thesis Eleven 136.1 (2016): 140–160.

In the context of the worsening economic crisis analogies tend to be drawn between the economic and political crisis in Europe of the 1920s and 1930s and the current situation. Now as then, it is argued, there is the risk that a systemic economic crisis and the crisis of representative politics will in turn lead to authoritarian outcomes. Rarer, however, is the idea that the current political and economic crisis may lead to a “progressive” outcome. This article examines both options under the light of the thinking of one of the most important interpreters of political crisis and change in the 1920s and 1930s: Antonio Gramsci. One of the central arguments in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks is the crisis of parliamentarism and democratic politics. Gramsci did not limit his analysis to the crisis however. His theoretical undertaking also consisted in the attempt to imagine the conditions for moving beyond the democratic crisis in a progressive manner. What emerges is an existing continuity between the Gramscian categories of Cesarism-Bonapartism, economic-corporative State, hegemonic crisis and contemporary politics, particularly with reference to phenomena such as populism, technocracy and neo-liberalism; the utility of the conceptual category of Passive Revolution to comprehend the current forms of exerting power and building social consent; the potential fruitfulness of Gramsci’s schemata on counter-hegemonies, to understand the changes in the party-organization and the possibilities of building counter-hegemonies.

Crehan, Kate. Gramsci’s Common Sense: Inequality and Its Narratives. Durham: Duke University Press Books, 2016.

Acknowledged as one of the classics of twentieth-century Marxism, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks contains a rich and nuanced theorization of class that provides insights that extend far beyond economic inequality. In Gramsci's Common Sense Kate Crehan offers new ways to understand the many forms that structural inequality can take, including in regards to race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. Presupposing no previous knowledge of Gramsci on the part of the reader, she introduces the Prison Notebooks and provides an overview of Gramsci’s notions of subalternity, intellectuals, and common sense, putting them in relation to the work of thinkers such as Bourdieu, Arendt, Spivak, and Said. In the case studies of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, Crehan theorizes the complex relationships between the experience of inequality, exploitation, and oppression, as well as the construction of political narratives. Gramsci's Common Sense is an accessible and concise introduction to a key Marxist thinker whose works illuminate the increasing inequality in the twenty-first century.

De Smet, Brecht. Gramsci on Tahrir: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Egypt. London: Pluto Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7453-3557-5

Gramsci on Tahrir presents a close analysis of the complex dynamics of Egypt’s revolution and counter-revolution, showing how a Gramscian understanding of the revolutionary process can provide a powerful instrument for charting the possibilities for a truly emancipatory project in Egypt. Through Brecht de Smet’s application of Gramsci’s take on Caesarism, we can see how the current situation in Egypt demonstrates the ways that national histories and global power relations enable, define, and displace popular resistance and social transformation. A major contribution to the literature on Egypt and the Arab Spring, Gramsci on Tahrir carries important implications for radical political theory.

Egan, Daniel. The Dialectic of Position and Maneuver: Understanding Gramsci’s Military Metaphor. Boston: Brill Academic Pub, 2016. ISBN: 978-90-04-26873-9

In The Dialectic of Position and Maneuver, Daniel Egan examines the role that the military metaphors of war of position and war of maneuver play in Antonio Gramsci s social theory. The foundation for this analysis is the different ways in which Marxists have understood war and military strategy since the mid-nineteenth century. In doing so, Egan argues that the distinction between war of position and war of maneuver which is so central to Gramsci s work as well as contemporary interpretations of his work must be understood in a more dialectical manner. This conclusion is important not only in terms of Gramsci s social theory, but also for understanding the limits and possibilities of contemporary political strategies for the left worldwide."

Fonseca, Marco. Gramsci’s Critique of Civil Society: Towards a New Concept of Hegemony. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Antonio Gramsci was an Italian Marxist thinker whose radical ideas on how to build an alternative world from below remain vigorously relevant today. Gramsci’s philosophy of praxis critically dissects the institutions of modern liberal democracy to reveal what is perhaps its deepest secret: it is the most successful political system in modernity at preserving an objective condition of domination while transforming it into a subjective conviction of freedom. Based on a careful reading of Gramsci's The Prison Notebooks, Marco Fonseca shows hegemony as more than leadership of elites over subaltern majorities based on "consent". Following Gramsci’s critique of citizenship, civil society and democracy, including the current project of neoliberal "democracy promotion" particularly in the Global South, he discloses a hidden process of hegemony that generates the preconditions for consent and, thus, successful domination. As the struggles from Zapatismo to Chavismo and from the Arab Springs to Spain’s Podemos show, liberation is not possible without counter-hegemony. This book will be of interest to activist scholars engaged in the study of Marxism, Gramsci, political philosophy, and contemporary debates about the renewal of Marxist thought and the relevance of revolution and Communism for the twenty-first century.

Holliday, Shabnam J. “The Legacy of Subalternity and Gramsci’s National–popular: Populist Discourse in the Case of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Third World Quarterly 0.0 (2016): 1–17.

Drawing on Laclau’s concept of populist discourse and Gramsci’s ‘national–popular collective will’, and using the case of Iran, this article puts forward the idea of the legacy of subalternity in the context of post-revolution governments. The concept of ‘national–popular collective will’ facilitates an understanding of how the popular subject is constructed and the meanings embedded in that process. It is argued that Islamic Republic elites articulate a populist discourse that constructs the ‘self’ (the Islamic Republic) as synonymous with ‘the people’. Embedded in this discursive construction is a legacy of subalternity that goes back to the 1979 Revolution’s populist discourse.

Morera, Esteve. Gramsci, Materialism, and Philosophy. Paperback edition. New York: Routledge, 2016. [Link]

Western critical theory, Marxism included, has largely been based on a view of historical materialism that Gramsci, among others, developed in his prison notebooks. For many, Gramsci’s philosophical reflections in prison offered a new foundation for the philosophy of the future. His reflections on the philosophy of praxis and absolute historicism find echoes in much of what today is considered to be a materialist philosophy. That form of materialism was unable to provide a sound foundation for a progressive social project, the possibility of a meaningful and creative ethical life, and the forms of activity or praxis that would be conducive to creating good society. In this book, Esteve Morera connects Marxist philosophy to the broader philosophical discussion of materialism in metaphysics, the philosophy science, philosophy of mind, and naturalised ethics. Each chapter deals with a particular aspect related to materialism and its consequences, the sorts of things that, if materialism is true, need to be confronted. Morera critiques, and rejects Gramsci’s conception of matter and materialism and concludes that that philosophical materialism is compatible with freedom, and as a consequence, offers a good foundation for ethical life. Gramsci, Materialism, and Philosophy is an original contribution to the philosophically vital debates around the meaning, limitations, implications, and possibilities of philosophical materialism as it is a contribution to the critical literature on Gramsci.

Patterson, Thomas C. “Too Much Common Sense, Not Enough Critical Thinking!” Dialectical Anthropology (2016): 1–8.

This paper explores two different views about common sense—those of Clifford Geertz and Antonio Gramsci. It examines their presuppositions, assesses their utility for archaeologists, and considers the implications of current common-sense explanations of the past. It points out that common sense is both historical. Yesterday’s common sense sometimes morphs into today’s good sense or scientific truth. Today’s common sense or scientific truth often becomes tomorrow’s false consciousness or folklore. Common sense is also relational. Groups with different positionalities in hierarchically organized societies may have widely divergent views about what is common sense. Finally, it raises the question of why particular “common sense” explanations of the present—buttressed with claims that they are rooted historically in a fixed, unchanging human nature and morality—are repeatedly resurrected by fundamentalists and conservatives in both hemispheres to justify political arguments and to reassert or impose or particular power relations.

Rehmann, Jan. “Bernie Sanders and the Hegemonic Crisis of Neoliberal Capitalism: What Next?” Socialism and Democracy 30.3 (2016): 1–11. 

Taramundi, Dolores Morondo. “Gender Machineries vs. Feminist Movements? Collective Political Subjectivity in the Time of Passive Revolution.” Gender and Education 28.3 (2016): 372–385.

The aim of this article is to pose some questions concerning kairos and feminist activism. In recent years state feminism in Spain has been presented as a ‘success story’ of legislative victories and policy programmes regarding women’ equality and equal opportunities. Only two years ago, feminist movements in Spain showed unexpected vitality in forcing the government to withdraw the intended reform of the abortion law. However, relations between state feminism and feminist movements in Spain are weak and ambivalent, and feminism in Spain, as in other parts of Europe, is said to be in crisis. I refer to ideas elaborated by Antonio Gramsci in order to identify possible barriers to the formation of relationships between state feminism and feminist movements that could impact favourably upon possibilities of collective political subjectivity and social transformation. Education plays a two-fold role in this argument. In its formal manifestations, it is a component of the institutional feminism that this article critiques, and as a series of informal pedagogical networks, education is understood here as entangled in the different expressions of feminist activism and can thus contribute significantly to the development of feminist aims.

Armenian

Mkrtchyan, Narek, and Ara Merjian, Smbat Hovhannisyan, eds. Gramsci's Circle of Humanity and Armenia, Yerevan: Printinfor, 2016.

The book is a collective monograph that presents remarkable relationships between Gramscianism and recognition of Armenian Genocide. The great idea of the book is to pay attention to Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci’s article “Armenia” published in 1916, and then to discuss it within the context of Gramsci’s theory of hegemony . So, the study proposes a thesis, according to which among the pivotal steps in the process of recognition of the Armenian Genocide is to make Armenia and Armenians recognizable by engaging them into Gramsci’s outlined “circle of humanity”.

German

None to report.

Italian

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

Japanese

Forthcoming

Portuguese

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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