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Gramsci's Political ThoughtHegemony, Consciousness, and the Revolutionary Process$
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Joseph V. Femia

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780198275435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198275435.001.0001

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Gramsci's Political Thought

Joseph V. Femia

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Although barely available to non-Italian readers before the 1960s, the writings of Antonio Gramsci have had a global effect. There is now almost universal agreement that he ranks as one of the most innovative and important Marxist thinkers of this century. He rejected ‘scientific’ Marxism for a number of reasons. The basic forms of revisions and developments in Gramsci's thinking are briefly reviewed in this chapter. The primary aim of this study is to explore and assess Gramsci's answers (direct and indirect) to the presented perplexing questions. But doing so raises preliminary (and formidable) problems of interpretation, which are also addressed. The issues that concerned Gramsci in prison, his approach to his subject matter, the types of arguments he used, the nature of his hypotheses, the broad scope of his insights — all these enable us to classify him as a bona-fide political thinker and not merely as a polemicist or pamphleteer or activist. Furthermore, an overview of the remaining chapters is provided.

Keywords:   Antonio Gramsci, Marxism, Marxist, political thinking, interpretation

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