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Intellectuals and the French Communist PartyDisillusion and Decline$
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Sudhir Hazareesingh

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198278702

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278702.001.0001

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The Limits of Subjectivity: Communist Intellectuals and the Working Class

The Limits of Subjectivity: Communist Intellectuals and the Working Class

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Intellectuals and the French Communist Party

Sudhir Hazareesingh

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the nature and limitations of intellectual subjectivism in the French Communist Party (PCF) after the March 1978 elections. It evaluates the extent to which the intellectual contestaires were prepared to question the dominant socio-political values of the Communist counter-community. It identifies the central tension between the intellectuals' collective demand for an enhancement of their status in the party and the continuing attachment to the political and social virtues embodied in the French working class. The way intra-party conflicts were resolved clearly indicates that there were distinct limits to the self-assertion of the intellectuals.

Keywords:   intellectuals, subjectivism, intra-party conflict, self-assertion, French Communist Party

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