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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His ability to do so, defend the concept of class interest and the Marxian dialectic of theory and practice implied by it, rests on something like an acceptance of moral realism.

Putting “culture” into context – International Socialism

This is a serious omission because the affiliated epistemological problems threaten to undermine the defense of class to which Crehan is rightly committed. Crehan examines the challenge that Gramsci’s approach poses to common anthropological assumptions about the nature of “culture” as well as the potential usefulness of Gramsci’s writings for contemporary anthropologists.

This outlines how and why we collect, store and use your personal data when you use our website. It of course underlies any clash of civilization paradigm. He serves on the editorial board of Sociological Focus: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.

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

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Gramsci, culture and anthropology Kate A. But she is not interested in countering the concept of culture with the post-Marxist emphasis on hybridity and border crossing. Entre santos, cumbias y piquetes: I would make one small criticism of her generally valuable discussion of base and superstructure.

The problems with his concept of class consciousness have not gone unnoticed, detailed criticisms in the Marxist camp coming from Louis Althusser and Terry Eagleton among others. In the last twenty years, the legacy of Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci has soared to new heights.


She traces most citations of Gramsci in anthropology to the interpretations by cultural historian Raymond Williams and the anthropologists John and Jean Comaroff. This refusal to discuss or theorize any future culture parallels the refusal to specify the content of class consciousness. The version of multiculturalism that demands a suspension of judgment on purely a priori grounds [Mohanty is also here critiquing the bounded whole view in anthropology] offers us at best a weak pluralist image of noninterference and peaceful coexistence which is based on the abstract notion that everything about the other culture is equally valuable.

Sociology of culhure suicide bomber. 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.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

Kate Crehan makes extensive use of Gramsci’s own writings, including his preprison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks.

She shows that cerhan assumptions continue even among writers who claim to criticise the concept themselves. Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology. Gramscis Life and Work.

Crehan Snippet view – Inequality and Its Narratives. University of California PressDec 19, – History – pages. His work has become katee of the most cited sources on power and hegemony.

Built on the Thematic Theme Framework. She is the author of The Fractured Community: The book also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing. An Introduction New York: Class consciousness thus amounts to being thought by kzte class—as if the constative element of class consciousness reduces to the performative element, the abstract act of thinking itself.

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This book provided a clearly […]. 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.

Moral realism reconciles fact and value, the normative and the empirical, and cogently reconciles interest relativity here, class interest and objectivity, including moral objectivity. The first thread is a discussion and explanation of the difficulties in reading Gramsci and understanding the 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.

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

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. Most Marxists rightly understand the future as emerging dialectically out of the potentialities of the present.

Finally, it ought to be noted how easily cultural relativism can be manipulated by imperialism. He refused to romanticize the peasant because his goal was to help draw the peasantry to self-consciousness, to class consciousness, the substance of a renewed common sense marked by critical thought.