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Unravelling Gramsci

Unravelling Gramsci

Hegemony and Passive Revolution in the Global Political Economy

by Adam David Morton

Series: Reading Gramsci

Examines Gramsci’s understanding of hegemony within the context of uneven development and its links to the global political economy.
‘Powerful and clarifying ... The book’s combination of careful argument and cogent illustration will make this a landmark volume in Gramscian studies.’ John Agnew, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power

‘Morton draws upon an impressive knowledge of Gramsci’s writings to provide new insights into key processes in today’s world order.’ Anne Showstack Sassoon, Emeritus Professor, Kingston University and Visiting Professor, Birkbeck College, University of London

Unravelling Gramsci makes extensive use of Antonio Gramsci’s writings, including his much-overlooked pre-prison journalism, prison letters, as well as his prison notebooks, to provide a fresh approach to understanding his contemporary relevance in the current neoliberal world order. Adam Morton examines in detail the themes of hegemony, passive revolution and uneven development to provide a useful way of analysing the contemporary global political economy, the project of neoliberalism, processes of state formation, and practices of resistance. The book explores the theoretical and practical limitations of how Gramsci’s ideas can be used today, offering a broad insight into state formation and the international factors shaping hegemony within a capitalist framework.

Adam David Morton is Professor in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Unravelling Gramsci (Pluto, 2007) and Revolution and State in Modern Mexico (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).

'A landmark volume in Gramscian studies' - John Agnew, UCLA (author of Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power, 2005). 'Giving prominence to the often neglected concept of passive revolution, and engaging with debates about uneven development and the relationship between national and international perspectives, Adam Morton draws upon an impressive knowledge of Antonio Gramsci's writings to provide new insights into key processes in today's world order' - Anne Showstack Sassoon, Emeritus Professor of Politics, Kingston University and Visiting Professor of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
List of figures
1. Introduction: the North/South question of uneven development
2. Historicising Gramsci: situating ideas in and beyond their context
3. State Formation, Passive Revolution and the International System
4. A Return to Gramsci: 'the moment of hegemony'
5. Hegemony and World Order: neo-Gramscian Perspectives and the
Global Political Economy
6. The Global Political Economy of Uneven Development
7. Globalisation and Resistance: the power of the powerless
Published by Pluto Press in Feb 2007
Paperback ISBN: 9780745323848
eBook ISBN: 9781783716838

272 pages

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