Gramsci Bibliography: 2017

Below is a list of recent publications related to Gramsci that have been sent to us or brought to our attention by members of the International Gramsci Society. We update the page as new information becomes available. Previous bibliographies to the year 2004 are linked below, and bibliographies from 1992-2005 are included in the archived issues of the IGS Newsletter under the heading “Gramsci Bibliography: Recent Publications.”

In addition to this site, IGS Italia maintains an up to date list of recent Italian publications, and Fondazione Istituto Gramsci in Rome hosts the comprehensive and searchable Bibliografia Gramsciana, which contains over 15,000 publication listings related to Gramsci.

To include a publication on this page, please send bibliographic information (in MLA format) to Marcus E. Green.

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Last update: April 4, 2017

English

Anderson, Perry. The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony. Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 2017. ISBN: 9781786633682

A fascinating history of the political theory of hegemony. Few terms are so widely used in the literature of international relations and political science, with so little agreement about their exact meaning, as hegemony. In the first full historical study of its fortunes as a concept, Perry Anderson traces its emergence in Ancient Greece, its rediscovery during the upheavals of 1848–9 in Germany, and then its chequered career in revolutionary Russia, fascist Italy, Cold War America, Thatcherized Britain, post-colonial India, feudal Japan, Maoist China, through to the world of Merkel and May, Bush and Obama. The result is a surprising and fascinating expedition into global intellectual history, ending with a strong political statement about the present.

Chun, Christian W. The Discourses of Capitalism: Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense. New York: Routledge, 2017. ISBN: 9781138807105.

Since the global economic crisis of 2007–2008, 'capitalism' has been the topic of widespread general discussion in both mainstream and social media. In this book, Christian W. Chun examines the discourses of capitalism taken up by people in their responses to a street art installation created by Steve Lambert, entitled Capitalism Works for Me! In doing so, he considers several key questions, including: How do everyday people view and make sense of capitalism and its role in their work and personal lives? What are the discourses they use in their common-sense understandings of the economy to defend or reject capitalism as a system? Chun looks at how dominant discourses in social circulation operate to co-construct and support capitalism, and the accompanying counter-discourses that critique it. This is key reading for advanced students of discourse analysis, language and globalization/politics, media/communication studies, and related areas.

Del Roio, Marcos. The Prisms of Gramsci: The Political Formula of the United Front. Haymarket Books, 2017. (Paperback edition). ISBN: 9781608466931

Most scholars assume that Gramsci’s thinking can be clearly periodized, drawing a distinction between his early work and ‘The Prison Notebooks.’ In this important book, Marcos Del Roio instead defends the radical thesis that an examination of the Sardinian Communist’s pre-prison political-theoretical activity reveals a total continuity between his political praxis and his philosophical reflection throughout his life.

Filippini, Michele. Using Gramsci: A New Approach. Pluto Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-7453-3568-1

The notebooks kept by Antonio Gramsci while he was in prison in fascist Italy in the 1920s have been an inspiration to Marxist political thinkers and activists around the world for decades. With Using Gramsci, Michele Filippini teases out a number of previously ignored aspects of Gramsci’s works to create a book that stands apart from previous analyses. While Filippini does examine the aspects of Gramsci’s thought that have long attracted scholars—including his thinking on hegemony, organic intellectuals, and civil society—she foregrounds new concepts, including the individual, crisis, and space and time. The result is a rethinking of Gramsci for our era that offers a number of promising new ways forward.

Galastri, Leandro. “Social Classes and Subaltern Groups: Theoretical Distinction and Political Application.” Capital & Class (2017). [Journal]

The purpose of this article is to draw a theoretical distinction between the notions of ‘social classes’ and ‘subaltern groups’ as defined in The Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci. This distinction will involve a brief discussion about the notions of ‘social classes’ evolved by other key authors in the area, apart from Gramsci himself, such as Marx, D. Bensaïd, E. P. Thompson and N. Poulantzas, who, on this question, have close affinities with the ideas of Gramsci. Finally, I seek to make suggestions about how this distinction can be applied, together with some critical observations on ‘Subaltern Studies’ and some final considerations with regard to this article as a whole.

Hesketh, Chris. “Passive Revolution: A Universal Concept with Geographical Seats.” Review of International Studies (2017): 1–20. [Journal]

In this article, I argue that Antonio Gramsci’s concept of passive revolution makes a foundational contribution to International Relations (IR), yet has been relatively under appreciated by the broader discipline. Within the Historical Sociology of International Relations, uneven and combined development has recently been postulated as a key trans-historical law that provides a social theory of the ‘international’. Drawing from, but moving beyond these debates, I will argue that passive revolution is a key conditioning factor of capitalist modernity. I will demonstrate how the concept of passive revolution is the element that explains the connection between the universal process of uneven development and the manner in which specific combinations occur within the capitalist era as geopolitical pressures, in tandem with domestic social forces become internalised into geographically specific state forms. It therefore offers a corrective to the frequently aspatial view that is found in much of the literature in IR regarding uneven and combined development. Additionally, passive revolution provides a more politicised understanding of the present as well as an important theoretical lesson in relation to what needs to be done to affect alternative trajectories of development.

Liguori, Guido. Gramsci’s Pathways. Haymarket Books, 2017. (Paperback edition). ISBN: 9781608466924

Gramsci's works, in particular his Prison Notebooks, are a real 'workshop' of activity. Even though these texts were the product of a great mind and an organic conception of the world, the particular context in which they are written poses challenges for their interpreters. Gramsci's Pathways is a philological 'excavation' of the pathways of Gramsci's thinking that brings us closer to an author who is more 'widely-known' than he is understood. The first part of the volume deals with central themes of Gramsci's worldview such as the concepts of the state, civil society, ideology, common sense, morality and conformism. The second part deals with Gramsci’s relations with thinkers as diverse as Machiavelli, Marx, Engels, Labriola, and Togliatti. Lastly, the third part offers some reflections on the metaphors used by Gramsci as well as contemporary views of the Sardinian Communist.

Rosenfeld, Heather. “‘Plug into Choice’? The Trouble with Common-Sense Participation in a Smart Electric Grid.” Capitalism Nature Socialism 0.0 (2017): 1–22.

Smart electric grids add digital technologies to the grid. While some suggest that they offer many environmental and social benefits, others remain critical and call them a neoliberal project. Considering smart grids a boundary object [Star, Susan L., and James R. Griesemer. 1989. "Institutional Ecology, Translations and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907–39." Social Studies of Science 19 (3): 387–420], I examine how multiple social groups come together in cooperation and conflict in the installation of one smart grid. In what follows, I first argue that participation is Gramscian common sense (1971), a taken-for-granted good in producing a smart grid. Gramsci points out that common sense can be used to reinforce oppressive ideologies of a hegemonic status quo, but that it also contains "good sense" that can be developed into counter-hegemonic narratives and movements. Second, I argue that in the course of cooperation and conflict, the smart grid indeed becomes more neoliberal, and this occurs through participation. While the utility often seeks or accepts public participation, the meaning of participation gradually becomes limited to individualistic and financially motivated "choice." In the discussed case, many of the (less neoliberal) social and environmental benefits of the grid and more collectivist forms of participation were precluded. This article offers a grounded examination of a smart grid and a sympathetic critique of common-sense participation.

Sum, Ngai-Ling. “The Makings of Subaltern Subjects: Embodiment, Contradictory Consciousness, and Re-Hegemonization of the Diaosi in China.” Globalizations 14.2 (2017): 298–312. PDF

This article examines the emergence since 2011 of the 'Diaosi' (loser) identity among second-generation migrant workers in China. This subjective identification of a new social category with little hope can be contrasted with the hopeful policy constructions of a strong China eager to promote the civilizing 'suzhi' (population quality) of its population nationally and internationally. Yet, as this article shows, in four steps, these phenomena are intertwined. First, it locates the emergence of this 'Diaosi' subject in the global and national dialectics of hope in China since the global financial crisis. Second, drawing on neo-Foucauldian and neo-Gramscian scholarship, Diaosi marginality is related to the interactions among global capitalist production, the socialist market economy, continuous state domination via a household registration system (hukou), and the civilising discourse of 'suzhi'. Third, it shows how the Diaosi embody their multiplex loser identity and marginality affectively and expressively in their everyday demeanour. Fourth, it examines recent efforts by state/corporate capital and the party-state to re-make and re-hegemonize Diaosi life in the name of consumption, civility, and social stability. The article ends with some neo-Gramscian remarks on the complexities and contradictory consciousness of marginal social categories, such as the Diaosi, and their openness to passive revolution and (re-) hegemonization.

Armenian

None to report.

German

None to report.

Italian

See IGS Italia > Bibliografia Italiana. News of Italian publications should be sent to Michele Filippini.

Japanese

Forthcoming

Portuguese

None to report.

Spanish

None to report.

Thai

None to report.

Turkish

Feyzullah Yilmaz has compiled a list of Turkish Gramsci publications at Neo-Gramsian Portal.

 



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