This book provides an account of Gramsci’s work which makes his writing accessible and comprehensible for the contemporary reader, and offers a guide to terms such as ‘hegemony’ and ‘common sense’.
Antonio Gramsci was an innovative and wide-ranging thinker whose interpretations of Marxism helped rescue it from determinism and economic reductionism. Gramsci’s insights into politics remain central for uinderstanding twenty-first century politics. In the words of Stuart Hall: ‘Reading Gramsci has fertilised our political imagination, transformed our way of thinking, our style of thought, our whole political project’.
Gramsci’s creative use of terms such as hegemony, civil society and historic block adds a new dimension to political vocabulary. But the fragmentary nature of his writings, especially in the Prison Notebooks, means that it is not always easy to grasp the full significance of his ideas. This book, completely revised in 1991 and further revised in 2015, provides an account of Gramsci’s work which makes his writing accessible and comprehensible for the contemporary reader.
1. Gramsci’s Concept of Hegemony
2. The Relations of Forces
3. The Maintenance of Hegemony – FREE CHAPTER
5. Passive Revolution
6. Three Organic Crises in Britain
8. Civil Society, the State and the Nature of Power
9. The Factory Councils’ Movement
10. Extending the Sphere of Politics
11. The Intellectuals
12. The Revolutionary Party.
‘A political book in the best sense … explains the most important ideas from Gramsci’s works in simple, straightforward language, considering their relevance for a left strategy in Britain.’
Anne Showstack Sassoon
‘A rigorous and polemical lifeline … distils from Gramsci’s huge output the essence of his theoretical contribution’
‘A clear, coherent account of Gramsci’s main writings’
Times Literary Supplement