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, Race, and The Politics of Interpretation.

University of California Pr Amazon. Cambridge University Press, Anthropolkgy 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. I would further assert that thought through, the notion snthropology objective interests requires the dialectical unity of fact and value, truth and cultrue.

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.

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Putting “culture” into context – International Socialism

Althusser makes this criticism of all Hegelian-Marxist historicism: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Proletarian self consciousness, hramsci the mediation of organic intellectuals, involves making fully coherent the world view already embedded in working class practical activity. What has made this transition virtually automatic for some, I would note, is the view that Marxism, however critical its potential, is itself but another incarnation of Eurocentrism.


This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power. It is not that class.

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

So that strictly speaking there is no difference between the two. It of course underlies any clash of civilization paradigm.

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, Culture and Anthropology also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing.

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.

Realism facilitates this deeper process of mutual recognition and understanding. Account Options Sign in. Gramsc fear also underlies the historicist ban on moral theorizing, on the future oriented, utopian sort of thinking involved in imagining a better world.

The motive for this collapsing of theory into revolutionary ideology is critical, to combat the idealism behind a view of theory as wholly independent, with anthropoloby relation to the social totality so that theory appears to float freely above questions of power and class interest. 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. This book provided a clearly […].

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 kaate coexistence which is based on the abstract notion that everything about the other culture is equally valuable. Gramsci on Culture 4. What I am suggesting then is that the failure to sustain a plausible concept of truth undermines a cogent theorizing of the notion of culhure interest in an emancipated future, which in turn should be the basis for class consciousness.


Putting “culture” into context

Crehan then applies this critique to three well known anthropological works that draw on Gramsci, demonstrating the contribution a more rounded understanding could bring. She is the author of a number of works including Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology Pluto, 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.

Finally, it ought to be noted how easily cultural relativism can be manipulated by imperialism.

Metropolitan Books,p. University of California PressDec 19, – History – pages. Unity must be forged on the right basis and for Gramsci and Crehan, this basis is anthropokogy conventional Marxist one of class interest.

This is however a problematic formulation as Marxist and post Marxist critics have noted, the latter delighting in the view that the last instance never comes.