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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Gramsci, culture and anthropology Kate A. Unity must be forged on the antthropology basis and for Gramsci and Crehan, this basis is the conventional Marxist one of class interest. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.

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 andd power. Inequality and Its Narrativeswill enable cultural studies scholars, in particular, to consider new ways to think beyond the paradigm for the interrelation of class and culture offered by Raymond Williams and E.

Press,p. Insofar as class consciousness on this view is equivalent to tuning gramscci to the essential tendencies of the present, class consciousness is deprived of an intelligible future.

Putting “culture” into context

She traces most citations of Gramsci in anthropology to the interpretations by cultural historian Raymond Williams and the anthropologists John and Jean Comaroff. Copyright is retained by authors. Published by Pluto Press in Nov But she is not interested in countering the concept of culture with the post-Marxist emphasis on hybridity and border crossing.

This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. 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.

These debates are having a wider impact on the discipline. The history of capital. This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power. If post-Marxists like Laclau and Mouffe deconstruct anthropoloyg interest by deconstructing base and superstructure, Crehan critiques base and superstructure, as noted above, in defense of class interest.


Gramsci, Race, and The Politics of Interpretation. Romantic nationalism claims the right of self determination based on community autonomy against the right of self-determination based on reason, a-historical znthropology abstract principles of right.

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

Verso,p. Reading Gramsci Joseph A. But this notion is nothing to celebrate and interestingly in conflict with the anthropological concept.

Duke University Press,pp. Gramsci’s Life and Work 3. Journal of the Cultural Studies Association.

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. The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association AAAattended by over 6, people from all over the world, featured several packed meetings about the occupation of Iraq and the ethics of anthropological engagement with the US military.

The postmodern rejection of meta-narratives that has been dominant in anthropology leaves us ill-equipped to understand what is happening in anthropology and the world today. Entre santos, cumbias gdamsci piquetes: Crehan nevertheless criticizes this work for its— now canonical— emphasis o n race class and gender as co-primary intersecting elements of identity:. As critics have noted, such amthropology view, while claiming to unite theory and practice seriously impoverishes the former. 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 these assumptions continue even among writers who claim to criticise the concept themselves. Marx himself seemed to resist such theorizing as a form of true socialism, a false universality that would only serve to mystify class interest.

University of California PressDec 19, – History – pages. Crehan Snippet view – GramsciCultureand Anthropology is a welcome contribution to the revival of interest in the work of Antonio Gramsci. In snd last twenty years, the legacy of Italian kat Antonio Gramsci has soared to new heights.


Thompson, the determinative effects of the mode of production—the structural domination of capital over labor—are operative all the time. To return to the subject of Gramsci and the anthropologists, moral realism captures important grains of truth in both positions. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed. Anthropology Through a Double Lens: Correlatively, no distinction is made between collective subjectivity and revolutionary subjectivity as this would require attention to the theoretical content.

Metropolitan Books,p. The book also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing. Given the lack of understanding or knowledge of the other, however, the ascription of value and of equality among cultures is either meaningless or patronizing.

That indigenism is itself indebted to romantic nationalism is just one of the many ironies here. Proletarian self consciousness, thru the mediation of organic intellectuals, involves making fully coherent the world view already embedded in working class practical activity.

Althusser makes this criticism of all Hegelian-Marxist historicism: 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. We can learn from others only if we take them seriously enough to imagine situations in which they might in fact be wrong about some things, in ways that we can specify and understand.

Culture and History 5.