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Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

Kate Crehan

Series: Reading Gramsci



An introduction to the concept of culture in Gramsci's writing

In the last twenty years, the legacy of Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci has soared to new heights. His work has become one of the most cited sources on power and hegemony. He is often used by anthropologists working on issues of culture and power.

This book explores Gramsci's understanding of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. Extensive use is made of Gramsci's own writings, including his pre-prison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks.

The book also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing. The challenge Grasmci's approach presents to some common anthropological assumptions about the nature of 'culture' is examined as is the potential usefulness of Gramsci's writings for contemporary anthropologists.

Kate Crehan is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of a number of works including Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology (Pluto, 2002).

Reading Gramsci: Joseph A. Buttigieg
1. Introduction
Part I: Contexts
2. Gramsci’s Life and Work
3. Anthropology and Culture: Some Assumptions
Part II: Gramsci on Culture
4. Culture and History
5. Subaltern Culture
6. Intellectuals and the Production of Culture
Part III: Gramsci and Anthropology
7. Gramsci Now
Published by Pluto Press in Nov 2002
eBook ISBN: 9781783716722

232 pages

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