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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The postmodern rejection of meta-narratives that has been dominant in anthropology leaves us ill-equipped to understand what is happening in anthropology and the world today.

GramsciCultureand Anthropology is a welcome contribution to the revival of interest in the work of Antonio Gramsci. Culture and History 5. 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.

Regarded as one of the most significant Marxists of the twentieth century, he merits inclusion in any register of classical social theorists. It of course underlies any kxte of civilization paradigm.

As is well known, Amd did not find it useful to define this structural domination in terms of base and superstructure, with its problematic privileging of economy over culture. Romantic nationalism claims the right of self determination based anthropoology community autonomy against the right of self-determination based on reason, a-historical and abstract principles of right.

University of California PressDec 19, – History – pages. Such knowledge—always organically linked to the structural realities of class—is a central element in the reproduction or transformation of any regime of power. She traces most citations of Gramsci in anthropology to the interpretations by cultural historian Raymond Williams and the anthropologists Gramaci and Jean Comaroff.

Intellectuals and the Political Party. His anthrpology has become one of the most cited sources on power and hegemony. The problems with his concept of class consciousness have not gone unnoticed, detailed criticisms in the Marxist camp coming from Louis Althusser and Terry Eagleton among others.


Gramsci’s Life and Work 3. He also used it as a term to describe the process by which revolutionary parties could practically interact with working class movements to link struggles, generalise lessons learned, gain their confidence, and eventually provide the credible leadership necessary to transform society.

Realism facilitates this deeper process of mutual cculture and understanding. Most Marxists rightly understand the future as emerging dialectically out of the potentialities of the present.

Gramsci, culture and anthropology Kate A. This is not to suggest that the islanders lacked agency. 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.

The book also provides an account of the intellectual and political contexts within which he was anthtopology.

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. Entre santos, cumbias y piquetes: Intellectuals and the Production of Culture. 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.

Gramsci, Race, and The Politics of Interpretation. In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and Anthropolpgy anthropology, especially for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power.

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But this cylture is nothing to celebrate and interestingly in conflict with the anthropological concept. The reasons are complex of course, but a central reason is bound up with the close relation between the defense of indigenous cultures and the postmodern challenge.

An additional irony is that Althusser defines theory in much the same way that Gramsci defines revolutionary ideology-in terms of their coherence. That indigenism is itself indebted to romantic nationalism is just one of the many ironies here.

Press,p. This is however a problematic formulation as Marxist and post Marxist critics have noted, the latter delighting in the view that the last instance never comes. The annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association AAAanthropokogy 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.


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. University of California Pr Amazon. This view becomes understandable in the light of his historicism. Inequality and Its Narrativeswill enable cultural studies scholars, in particular, to consider new ways to think beyond the paradigm for the interrelation of crshan and culture offered by Raymond Williams and E. This book explores Gramsci’s understanding of culture and the links between culture and power. Available in United States, Canada Pages: The motive for this collapsing of theory into revolutionary ideology is critical, to combat the idealism behind a view of theory as wholly independent, with no relation to the social totality so that theory appears to float freely anthropoloy questions of power and class interest.

From edition Issue 3. She shows that these assumptions continue even among writers who claim to criticise the concept themselves. Grxmsci argues with conviction that there is much in Gramsci that should be of value to anthropologists.

Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology. Selected pages Title Uclture.

Culture and History 5. 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.

Putting “culture” into context

About the Book In the last twenty years Antonio Gramsci has become a major presence in British and American anthropology, cultuee for anthropologists working on issues of culture and power. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Published by Pluto Press in Nov Crehan then applies this critique to three well known anthropological works that draw on Gramsci, demonstrating the contribution a more rounded understanding could bring.

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