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Kate Crehan An introduction to the concept of culture in Gramsci’s writing of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. BOOK REVIEWS Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology. By Kate Crehan. Berkeley: Uni sity of California Press, Pp. x, $ cloth, $ paper. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Dec 1, , Les Field and others published Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology Kate Crehan }.

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But, to paraphrase E. She is the author of a number of works including Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology Pluto, Gramsci and Anthropology 7. Fortunately, the concept of class interest that undergirds class analysis is fully defensible. The unity of theory and practice just is the instrumentalist activity of mobilizing fragments, a view likely to engender a politics of manipulation, not a politics of truth.

The book also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing. This fear also underlies the historicist ban on moral theorizing, on the future oriented, utopian sort of thinking involved in imagining a better world.

His work has become one of the most cited sources on power and hegemony.

In her crenan discussion of the anthropological concept of culture, Crehan shows how it came to be motivated by progressive politics, one based in respect for indigenous cultures. If class analysis is to be defended well, it needs to be defended not just in areas where it appears to have patent explanatory power-its ability to explain U. Available in United States, Canada Pages: An Introduction New York: The Problem of Historicism I have spent some significant time on this relatively modest book because I think it contributes to the very important project of strengthening class analysis.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

Entre santos, cumbias y piquetes: Metropolitan Books,p. It is interesting how those who fill their apartments in New York.


In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and American anthropology, especially for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power. This entry was posted in Miscellaneous and edition Issue 3. Crehan then applies this critique to three well known anthropological works that draw on Gramsci, demonstrating the contribution a more rounded understanding could bring. Gramscis Life and Work.

And, not to end on a diminutive note, but it is short, under pages, and eminently accessible to undergraduates.

But she is not interested in countering the concept of culture with the post-Marxist emphasis on hybridity and border crossing. Regarded as one of the most significant Marxists of the twentieth century, he merits inclusion in any register of classical social theorists.

Putting “culture” into context

His ability to do so, defend the concept of class interest and the Marxian dialectic of theory and practice implied by it, rests on something like an acceptance of moral realism. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. She shows that these assumptions continue even among writers who claim to criticise the concept themselves. He has recently completed a book manuscript tentatively titled, Culture and Tactics: In the anthropoligy year he published his first book, Collectivities: Gramsci did not want merely creuan study the world, but change it.

Intellectuals and the Production of Culture.

The first thread is a discussion and explanation of the difficulties in reading Gramsci and understanding the genesis of his thought as it pertains katw to each of these concepts; the second thread is a critical review of the limitations and errors that inhere in the work of important thinkers and entire fields of study as they interpret Gramsci; the third thread is the excellent intellectual historiography and philological analysis that owes no small debt to recent Gramsci scholarship and, also, the enormous works of translation conducted principally by Joseph Buttigieg.

That indigenism ggamsci itself indebted to romantic nationalism is just one of the many ironies here.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology

Gramsci’s Life and Work 3. Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology. This book explores Kaet understanding of culture and the links between culture and power.


Put another way, there may be numerous ways of rendering the fragments coherent. Gramsci, Culture and Culthre also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was writing.

Gramsci, Race, and The Politics of Interpretation. As critics have noted, such a view, while claiming to unite theory and practice seriously impoverishes the former. She shows how the concept reduces the heterogeneity of gender practices in the working class kwte well as the heterogeneity and contradictory character of class identity. I would further assert that thought through, the notion of objective interests requires the dialectical unity of fact and value, truth and justice.

About the Book In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and American anthropology, especially for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power. Crehan asserts that the anthropological concept is mistaken, and mystifies the internal and external heterogeneity of these indigenous communities, heterogeneities marked by conflict and contradiction.

Cambridge University Press, Crehan examines the challenge that Gramsci’s approach poses to common anthropological assumptions about the nature of “culture” as well as the potential usefulness of Gramsci’s writings for contemporary anthropologists.

Home About Editorial Board. So that strictly speaking there is no difference between the two. Contents Gramscis Life and Work. The AAA has now voted in favour of a change in its ethics code that specifically draws a line between legitimate anthropological research and spying for the military.

She is the author of The Fractured Community: The postmodern rejection of meta-narratives that has been dominant in anthropology leaves us ill-equipped to understand bramsci is happening in anthropology and cjlture world today.