Kate Crehan An introduction to the concept of culture in Gramsci’s writing of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. BOOK REVIEWS Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology. By Kate Crehan. Berkeley: Uni sity of California Press, Pp. x, $ cloth, $ paper. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Dec 1, , Les Field and others published Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology Kate Crehan }.

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This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. An additional irony is that Althusser defines kafe in much the same way that Gramsci defines revolutionary ideology-in terms of their coherence.

The postmodern anthropologt of meta-narratives that has been dominant in anthropology leaves us ill-equipped to understand what is happening in anthropology and the world today. Available in United States, Canada Pages: But Gramsci himself understood hegemony as the complex and practical ways in which power is exercised by the state and its various institutions in Western bourgeois democracies.

Most of this review will be devoted to an admiring elaboration of this mapping.

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Thus, what is true becomes what is really yours, with no criterion for collective self-recognition beyond being in tune with the essence of an era-which offers no criterion at all since this essence cannot be defined apart from class consciousness, just is class consciousness.

The path from fragmented subjectivity to organized class consciousness is the path to the collective subject and it is this achievement of collective subjectivity which defines progress for Gramsci. Extensive use is made of Gramsci’s own writings, including his pre-prison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks.

The first thread is a discussion and explanation of the difficulties in reading Gramsci and understanding gramscl genesis of his thought as it pertains specifically to each of these concepts; the second thread is a critical review of the limitations and errors that inhere in the work of important thinkers and entire fields of study as they interpret Gramsci; the third thread is the excellent intellectual historiography and philological analysis that owes no small debt to recent Gramsci scholarship and, also, the enormous works of translation conducted principally by Joseph Buttigieg.


This outlines ahthropology and why we collect, store and use your personal data when you use our website. Regarded as one of the most significant Marxists of the twentieth century, he merits inclusion in any register of classical social theorists. In the last twenty years, the legacy of Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci has soared to new heights.

Gramsci did not want merely to study the world, but change it. Gramsci Now Bibliography Index. We can learn from others only if we take them seriously enough to imagine situations gramdci which they might in fact be wrong about some things, in ways that we can specify and understand.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology by Kate Crehan – Paperback – University of California Press

Given the lack of understanding or knowledge of the other, gfamsci, the ascription of value and of equality among cultures is either meaningless or patronizing. Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.

This refusal to discuss or theorize any future culture parallels the refusal to specify the content of class consciousness Viewed from another katte, the normative role theory would play to guide or shape the relation of present to future disappears.

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“Hegemonizing” Gramsci: on Kate Crehan’s Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology by Greg Meyerson

She is the author of The Fractured Community: About the Book In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and American anthropology, especially for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power. Xnd of the suicide bomber. She is the author of The Fractured Community: Kate Crehan makes extensive use of Gramsci’s own writings, including his preprison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks.

The challenge Grasmci’s approach presents to some common anthropological assumptions about the kaye of anthropilogy is examined as is the potential usefulness of Gramsci’s writings for contemporary anthropologists. Inequality and Its Narratives. What has made this transition virtually automatic for some, Creehan would note, is the view that Marxism, however critical its potential, is itself but another incarnation of Eurocentrism.

An Introduction New York: Crehan focuses specifically on the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements as case studies set against and analyzed through the theoretical framework that she builds in the first half of the book. Correlatively, no distinction gra,sci made between collective subjectivity and revolutionary crehab as this would require attention to the theoretical content. Rather, Crehan enlists these three concepts subalterns, intellectuals, and common sense to help us understand contemporary aanthropology and the response to it on the part of mass movements—social movements that have emerged since the global economic and financial crisis of References to this book Anthropology Through a Double Lens: As critics have noted, such a view, while claiming to unite theory and practice seriously impoverishes the former.


What I am suggesting then is that the failure to sustain a plausible concept of truth undermines a cogent theorizing of the notion of objective interest in an emancipated future, which in turn should be the basis for class consciousness. Home About Editorial Board. Intellectuals and the Political Party. Crehan then applies this critique to three well known anthropological works that draw on Gramsci, demonstrating the contribution a more rounded understanding could bring.

Entre santos, cumbias y piquetes: This view becomes understandable in the light of his historicism.

Some Assumptions Part II: Crehan notes two interesting instances—I will discuss one—in the work of Liisa Malkki, who chooses to study the problem of the refugee in part as a way of countering the orientation toward durable forms that might seem to buttress the anthropological concept. In her excellent discussion of the anthropological concept of culture, Crehan shows how it came to be motivated by progressive politics, one based in respect for indigenous cultures.

Crehan argues with conviction that there is much in Gramsci that should be of value to anthropologists. This book provided a clearly […]. This fear also underlies the historicist ban on moral theorizing, on the future oriented, utopian sort of thinking involved in imagining a better world.

Such knowledge—always organically linked to the crejan realities of class—is a central element in the reproduction or transformation of any regime of power.

Gramsci, Race, and The Politics of Interpretation. Cambridge University Press, These debates are having a wider impact on the discipline.