Antonio Gramsci Reader :Selected Writings, 1916-1935

ISBN-10: 0814727018

ISBN-13: 9780814727010

Edition: 2000

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with a new introduction by ERIC J. HOBSBAWM Very usefully pulls the key passages from Gramsci's writings into one volume, which allows English-language readers an overall view of his work. Particularly valuable are the connections it draws across his work and the insights which the introduction and glossary provide into the origin and development of some key Gramscian concepts. --Stuart Hall, Professor of Sociology, Open University The most complete one-volume collection of writings by one of the most fascinating thinkers in the history of Marxism, The Antonio Gramsci Reader fills the need for a broad and general introduction to this major figure. Antonio Gramsci was one of the most important theorists of class, culture, and the state since Karl Marx. In the U.S., where his writings were long unavailable, his stature has lately so increased that every serious student of Marxism, political theory, or modern Italian history must now read him. Imprisoned by the Fascists for much of his adult life, Gramsci wrote brilliantly on a broad range of subjects: from folklore to philosophy, popular culture to political strategy. Still the most comprehensive collection of Gramsci's writings available in English, it now features a new introduction by leading Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, in addition to its biographical introduction, informative introductions to each section, and glossary of key terms.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 447
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Born to a poor family in Sardinia, Gramsci had to go to work as a child but still managed to distinguish himself as a bright and promising student. In 1910, after winning a scholarship, he attended the University of Torino, where he was influenced by Benedetto Croce and Francesco De Sanctis. He eventually rejected Croce's idealism, as well as the academic life, for Marxism and politics. His primary interest was the empowerment of the working class. He rose within the Socialist party to the position of secretary of the socialist section of Torino and founded the influential newspaper L'Ordine Nuovo (the New Order). In 1921 he cofounded the Italian Communist party and fought against Fascist policy. Elected party secretary in 1924, two years later he was arrested and sent to prison, where he produced much of his writing. He remained incarcerated until his death. Gramsci's writings chronicle the development of his thought on politics, culture, and education.

Note on the Text
Chronological Outline
Writings 1916-1926
Socialism and Marxism 1917-1918
The Revolution against Capital
Our Marx
Class Intransigence and Italian History
Working-Class Education and Culture
Socialism and Culture
Schools of Labour
Men or Machines?
The Popular University
The Problem of the School
[Questions of Culture]
Marinetti the Revolutionary?
Factory Councils and Socialist Democracy
Workers' Democracy
Conquest of the State
To the Workshop Delegates of the Fiat Centro and Brevetti Plants
Unions and Councils
Red Sunday
Political Capacity
Those Mainly Responsible
Once again on the Organic Capacities of the Working Class
Communism 1919-24
The War in the Colonies
Workers and Peasants
The Livorno Congress
Parties and Masses
What the Relations Should Be Between the PCdI and the Comintern
[Letter to Togliatti, Terracini and Others]
Fascist Reaction and Communist Strategy 1924-1926
The Crisis of the Middle Classes
The Italian Situation and the Tasks of the PCdI (Lyons Theses)
Letter to the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party
Some Aspects of the Southern Question
Prison Writings 1929-1935
Hegemony, Relations of Force, Historical Bloc
Structure and Superstructure [i]
[Structure and Superstructure ii]
Structure and Superstructures [iii]
[The Concept of 'Historical Bloc']
[Ethico-Political History]
[Ethico-Political History and Hegemony]
[Political Ideologies]
Validity of Ideologies
Analysis of Situations: Relations of Force
Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects of 'Economism'
Observations on Certain Aspects of the Structure of Political Parties in Periods of Organic Crisis
The Art and Science of Politics
[War of Position and War of Manoeuvre]
War of Position and War of Manoeuvre or Frontal War
Transition from the War of Manoeuvre (and from Frontal Attack) to the War of Position in the Political Field as Well
[Internationalism and National Policy]
Question of the 'Collective Man' or 'Social Conformism'
Concept of State
Ethical or Cultural State
State as Gendarme-Nightwatchman, etc.
The State as Veilleur de Nuit
Economic-Corporate Phase of the State
[The Political Party as Modern 'Prince']
Passive Revolution, Caesarism, Fascism
The Problem of Political Leadership in the Formation and Development of the Modern State in Italy
Notes on French National Life
The Concept of 'Passive Revolution' [i]
[The Concept of Passive Revolution ii]
[The Concept of Passive Revolution iii]
[Fascism as Passive Revolution: First Version]
[Fascism as Passive Revolution: Second Version]
Agitation and Propaganda
Caesarism and 'Catastrophic' Equilibrium of Politico-Social Forces
Americanism and Fordism
Rationalization of the Demographic Composition of Europe
Some Aspects of the Sexual Question
Financial Autarky and Industry
'Animality' and Industrialism
Rationalization of Production and Work
Taylorism and the Mechanization of the Worker
Babbitt Again
Notes on American Culture
Intellectuals and Education
Observations on the School: In Search of the Educational Principle
[Intellectuals and Non-Intellectuals]
Philosophy, Common Sense, Language and Folklore
Notes for an Introduction and an Approach to the Study of Philosophy in the History of Culture
Some preliminary reference points
Observations and critical notes on an attempt at a 'Popular Manual of Sociology'
Language, Languages, Common Sense
['Knowledge' and 'Feeling']
[The Philosophy of Praxis and 'Intellectual and Moral Reformation']
How Many Forms of Grammar Can There Be?
Sources of Diffusion of Linguistic Innovations in the Tradition and of a National Linguistic Conformism in the Broad National Masses
Historical and Normative Grammars
Grammar and Technique
Observations on Folklore
Popular Culture
Concept of 'National-Popular'
Various Types of Popular Novel
The Operatic Conception of Life
Popular Literature. Operatic Taste
Oratory, Conversation, Culture
Ideological Material
Dilettantism and Discipline
[Integral Journalism]
Types of Periodical
Art and the Struggle for a New Civilization
Art and the Struggle for a New Civilization
Art and Culture
Literary Criticism
Criteria of Literary Criticism
Sincerity (or Spontaneity) and Discipline
['Functional' Literature]
Glossary of Key Terms
Further Reading
Name Index
Subject Index
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