Antonio Gramsci: An Introduction to His Thought

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Antonio Gramsci (1891 - 1937) was an Italian Marxist theoretician and politician. He wrote on political theory, sociology and linguistics. He was a founding member and one-time leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how states use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies. In this study, Alberto Pozzolini sets out to present an introduction to Gramsci's life and thought, not in any uncritical manner, but with a lucidity and integrity, presenting Gramsci in his strengths and weaknesses, with his insights and limitations. The author outlines the whole of Gramsci's life and work, and the relationship between his concerns and the developing political situation in the revolutionary period immediately after the First World War into the rise and the consolidation of the Fascist dictatorship. He then deals with the particular themes of central concern to Gramsci's thought - the relationship of the various classes under capitalism, the nature of the class struggle, the revolutionary party and its relationship with the trade unions, the intellectuals, culture, education, science. The book quotes extensively from the whole range of Gramsci's work - to allow Gramsci to 'speak for himself' - with a linking commentary by Pozzolini which avoids prejudgement or dogmatic interpretation.

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ALBERTO POZZOLINI
Published by PLUTO PRESS (1971)
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