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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Inequality and Its Narrativeswill enable cultural studies scholars, in particular, to consider new ways to think beyond the paradigm for the interrelation of class and culture offered by Raymond Williams and E. The path adn fragmented subjectivity to organized class consciousness is the path to the collective subject and it is this achievement of collective subjectivity which defines progress for Gramsci.
Crehan describes how this notion of autonomy became fused with the idea of culture as a bounded whole. Put another way, there may be numerous ways of rendering the fragments vrehan. But this notion is nothing to celebrate and interestingly in conflict with the anthropological concept.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. Anthropology Through a Double Lens: Insofar as class ceehan on this view is equivalent to tuning in to the essential tendencies of the present, class consciousness is deprived of an intelligible future.
This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power in relation to anthropology. Built on the Thematic Theme Framework. Crehan examines the challenge rcehan 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.
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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 crean contemporary anthropologists. This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power.
In the last year he published his first book, Collectivities: What has made this transition virtually automatic for some, I would note, is the view that Marxism, however critical its potential, is itself but another incarnation of Eurocentrism.
Fortunately, the concept of class interest that undergirds class analysis is fully defensible. 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. Kate Crehan makes extensive use of Gramsci’s own writings, including his preprison journalism and prison letters as well as the prison notebooks.
It of course underlies any clash of civilization paradigm. As is well known, Thompson did not find it useful to define this structural domination in terms of base and superstructure, with its problematic privileging of economy over culture.
We can learn from others only ad we take them seriously enough to imagine situations in which they might in fact be wrong about some things, in ways that we can specify and understand. This entry was posted in Miscellaneous and edition Issue 3. If post-Marxists like Laclau and Mouffe deconstruct class interest by deconstructing base and superstructure, Crehan critiques base and superstructure, as noted above, in defense of class interest.
Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology
And, not to end on a diminutive note, but it is short, under pages, and eminently accessible to undergraduates. Unity must be forged on the right gramsdi and for Gramsci and Crehan, this basis is the conventional Marxist one of class interest.
As critics have noted, such a view, while claiming to unite theory and practice seriously impoverishes the former.
Most Marxists rightly understand the future as emerging dialectically out of the potentialities ctehan the present. She is the author of a number of works including Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology Pluto, She is the author of The Fractured Community: It is not that class.
This outlines how and why we collect, store and use your personal data when you use our website. University of California PressDec 19, – History – pages. But Gramsci himself understood hegemony as the complex and practical ways in which power is exercised by the state and its various institutions in Western bourgeois democracies. The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association AAAattended by over 6, people from all over the world, featured several packed meetings about the occupation of Iraq and the ethics of anthropological engagement with the US military.
Crehan notes two interesting instances—I ahthropology discuss one—in the work of Liisa Malkki, who chooses to study the problem of the refugee in part as a way of countering the orientation toward durable forms that might seem to buttress the anthropological concept.
I would make one small criticism of her generally valuable discussion of base and superstructure.
I would further assert that thought through, the notion of objective interests requires the dialectical unity of fact and value, truth and justice. Crehan focuses specifically on the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements as case studies set against and analyzed through cupture theoretical framework that she builds in the first half of the book.