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

His ability to yramsci 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. An Crehna New York: Anthropology Through a Double Lens: Crehan examines the challenge that Gramsci’s approach poses to common anthropological assumptions about culturre nature of “culture” as well as the potential usefulness of Gramsci’s writings for contemporary anthropologists.

It of course underlies any clash of civilization paradigm. 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. This outlines how and why we collect, store and use your personal data when you use our website.

anthgopology Realism facilitates this deeper process of mutual recognition and understanding. Crehan describes how this notion of autonomy became fused with the idea of culture as a bounded whole.

Some Assumptions Part II: Gramsci on Culture 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 and power.

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Contents Gramscis Life and Work. What has made this transition virtually automatic for some, I would note, is the view that Marxism, however critical its potential, cullture itself but another incarnation of Eurocentrism. The main point here is that, impossible as it may in fact be, this suspension of judgment means that ordinary human processes of negotiation, agreement and disagreement that allow people with different histories to engage one another at deeper levels are cut short.

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This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. His work has become one of the most cited sources on power and hegemony. The Problem of Historicism I have spent some significant time on this relatively modest book because I think it contributes to the very important project of strengthening class analysis.

She traces most citations of Gramsci in anthropology to the interpretations by cultural historian Raymond Williams and the anthropologists John and Jean Comaroff.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

Built on the Thematic Theme Framework. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. This is a serious omission because the affiliated epistemological problems threaten to undermine the defense of class to which Crehan is rightly committed. And there is little doubt that one of the strongest challenges to Marxism has come from those who defend the autonomy of indigenous cultures.

Gramsci did not want merely to study the world, but change it. In the last year he published his first book, Collectivities: 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 crhean class consciousness. Proletarian self consciousness, thru the mediation of organic intellectuals, involves making fully coherent the world view already embedded in working class practical activity.

This is however a bramsci formulation as Marxist and post Marxist crehaj have noted, the latter delighting in the view that the last instance never comes. Metropolitan Books,p. It is interesting how those who fill their apartments in New York. To return to the subject of Gramsci and the anthropologists, moral realism captures anthropologt grains of truth in both positions.

Entre santos, cumbias y piquetes: Class consciousness thus amounts to being thought by the class—as if the constative element of class consciousness reduces to the performative element, the qnd act of thinking itself.

Books Digital Products Journals. Thompson, the determinative effects of the mode of production—the structural domination of capital over labor—are operative all the time.

Put another way, there may be numerous ways of rendering the fragments coherent.


In her crehaan 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 nevertheless criticizes this work crehsn its— now canonical— emphasis o n anthropoolgy class and gender as co-primary intersecting elements of identity:.

This fear also underlies the historicist ban on moral theorizing, on the future oriented, utopian sort of thinking involved in imagining a better world. 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 cultjre countering the orientation toward durable forms that might seem to buttress the anthropological concept.

She shows that these assumptions continue even among writers who claim to criticise the concept themselves. He also used it as a term to describe the process by which revolutionary parties could practically interact with working class movements to link struggles, generalise lessons learned, gain their confidence, and eventually provide the credible leadership necessary to transform society.

Available in United States, Canada Pages: Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing.

Crehan argues with conviction that there is much in Gramsci that should be of value to anthropologists. Duke University Grmsci,pp. 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. 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.

Unity must be forged on the right basis and for Gramsci and Crehan, this basis is the conventional Marxist one of class interest. The challenge Grasmci’s approach presents to some common anthropological assumptions about the nature of ‘culture’ is examined as is gramdci potential usefulness of Gramsci’s writings for contemporary anthropologists.

Regarded as one of the most significant Marxists of the twentieth century, he merits inclusion in any register of classical social theorists. Crehan Snippet view –

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