Antonio Gramsci (Routledge Critical Thinkers) by Steven J. Jones

By Steven J. Jones

For readers encountering Gramsci for the 1st time, Steve Jones covers key parts of his proposal via targeted dialogue and stories the old context of the theorist's suggestion, deals examples of placing Gramsci's rules into perform within the research of latest tradition and evaluates responses to his work.

Including British, ecu and American examples, key themes lined the following include:

* culture
* hegemony
* intellectuals
* crisis
* Americanization.

Gramsci's paintings invitations humans to imagine past simplistic oppositions by way of recasting ideological domination as hegemony: the power of a ruling power's values to stay within the minds and lives of its subalterns as a spontaneous expression in their personal interests

Is energy easily an issue of domination and resistance? Can a ruling energy be susceptible? Can subordinates locate their resitance neutralized? and what's the function of tradition during this? those questions, and plenty of extra are tackled the following during this worthy advent to Gramsci.


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It would be foolish to exaggerate the victories that the democracy movement won among the workers, but these small successes showed that it was not impossible to make ties with them. The democracy movement, which had imbued from Maoist rhetoric a principled aversion to privilege and inequality, was strategically placed to intervene in social conflicts in the factories and on the farms and to win broader support for its political program. Had it done so more widely and systematically, the government would have found it much harder to suppress.

The Cultural Revolution of 1966–68 was critical in three main ways for the evolution of political dissent. It plunged China into a terror that traumatized all social classes, not least the political elite—parts of which began to question their commitment to the methods of dictatorship. It gravely weakened the Party’s institutional base and threw open to lasting question the legitimacy of its rule. And it spawned the Red Guards, who swept China for a time and got an appetizing taste for political independence.

Today, more than twenty years after the end of INTRODUCTION 31 the Cultural Revolution, his prediction seems to have been borne out, for China appears doomed to pass at regular intervals into political crisis. The events of May and June 1989 were the most recent and extraordinary in a string of upsurges against the Chinese government: the Hundred Flowers campaign of 1957, the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, the mass protests in Tian’anmen Square in April 1976, the stormy emergence of an unofficial opposition in 1978, and the growth of a strong democratic trend of opinion in the CCP in the 1980s, all culminating in 1989’s “Beijing Commune,” which shook the regime to its foundations and (according to People’s Daily) spread to eighty cities and 60 percent of China’s universities and colleges.

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