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Using Gramsci: a new approach

Using Gramsci: a new approach

Filippini, Michele, author

This is a new approach to one of the greatest political theorists, Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci's Prison Notebooks are one of the most popular Marxist texts available and continue to inspire readers across the world. Here, Michele Filippini proposes a new approach based on the analysis of previously ignored concepts in his works, creating a book which stands apart. Including chapters on ideology, the individual, collective organisms, society, crisis and temporality, Using Gramsci offers a new pattern in Gramscian studies aimed to speak to the broader audience of social sciences scholars beyond the field of political theory and Marxism, while remaining firmly rooted in his writings. Working from the original Italian texts, Filippini also examines the more traditional areas of Gramsci's thought, including hegemony, organic intellectuals and civil society. This book will be perfect for all scholars and students of Gramsci's thought

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Published London : Pluto Press 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Michele Filippini ; translated by Patrick J. Barr
ISBN: 1786800071, 178680008X, 1786800098, 9780745335698, 9781786800077, 9781786800084, 9781786800091
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 124-169) and index.
Language note: Translated from the Italian.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 174 pages).
Series: Reading Gramsci
Subject: PHILOSOPHY Political.; Gramsci, Antonio, 1891-1937.; Political science Philosophy.; Communism.; Political science and theory.; Politics and government.; Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.; Italy.; Gramsci, Antonio 1891-1937; Communism Italy History 20th century.
Series Title: Reading Gramsci.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. 1.

    1. Ideology
    2. The problem of ideology
    3. The historicity of the concept of ideology
    4. The complexity of ideology
    5. The truth/falsity of ideology
    6. The conceptual constellation of ideology including hegemony
  2. 2.

    1. The individual
    2. The structure of the individual
    3. The social production of the individual: Gramsci and Durkheim
    4. `Man is a social worker': Gramsci and Sorel
    5. The theory of personality and molecular transformations
  3. 3.

    1. Collective organisms
    2. Collective organisms between civil society and the State
    3. Bureaucracy and officials: Gramsci and Weber
    4. The political party and the political class
    5. Organic centralism and living philology
    6. Machiavelli and the modern Prince
  4. 4.

    1. Society
    2. The organicity of society
    3. Organic intellectuals and mass intellectuality
    4. How society works
    5. Gramsci's `sociological operators'
  5. 5.

    1. The crisis
    2. A new understanding of the crisis
    3. The multiple meanings of `crisis'
    4. The political science of crisis
    5. Crisis and organization
  6. 6.

    1. Temporality
    2. The dual character of Gramscian time
    3. Signs of time: the theory of personality, common sense, language, East and West
    4. The shape of duration: the passive revolution
    5. The form of epoch: how novelty emerges.