The Prison Notebooks - Gramsci

The writings of Antonio Gramsci [masked]) sought to account for the role of culture in social development. A major criticism of many Marxist theorists was that they assumed that society changed as a result of economic conditions; through the concept of hegemony Gramsci tried to show that a dominant culture could play a distinctive role. The Prison Notebooks (written by Gramsci during his captivity between 1929 and 1936) are a collection of texts which are markedly less doctrinaire than many communist writings of that period. An approach which eschewed a simple materialism has had an impact beyond left politics and into the study of international relations, culture and critical theory.

Reading

Gramsci, A, The Prison Notebooks  (Section II(1),  'The Modern Prince' and Section II(2) 'State and Civil Society').

Online: http://courses.justice.eku.edu/PLS330_Louis/docs/gramsci-prison-notebooks-vol1.pdf

Physical: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/history-politics/prison-notebooks-selections,antonio-gramsci-quintin-hoare-9780853152804

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  • David C.

    Sorry everyone, I was hoping to get to this, which would have been my first event in what seems a very interesting group, but something has come up last minute. My apologies. I look forward to the next event, and best wishes for tonight.

    January 14, 2014

  • Nathan C.

    I'm running about 10 mins late but Jonathan should be there soon. See you all in a bit, N

    January 14, 2014

  • Rozi

    I'm sick.Unfortunately I cant come tonight.Hope see you for next meeting.

    January 14, 2014

  • kevin l.

    Sorry caint make it duecto work. I hope to go to the next one.

    January 14, 2014

  • Henry

    I'm feeling ill today- if I'm better tomorrow I'll come of course but I suspect I won't be.

    January 13, 2014

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