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This quantity brings jointly Gramsci's writings on faith, schooling, technology, philosophy and financial concept. The subject matter that hyperlinks those writings is the research of ideology at its diverse degrees, and the constructions which embrace and reproduce it. innovations reminiscent of subalternity and company cognizance, hegemony and the construction of a counter-hegemony invaluable for the formation of a brand new historic bloc, therefore recur in the course of the e-book. They supplement a few of the extra brazenly political writing released within the 1971 choice from the "Notebooks".

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Further selections from the prison notebooks

This quantity brings jointly Gramsci's writings on faith, schooling, technological know-how, philosophy and financial concept. The topic that hyperlinks those writings is the research of ideology at its diverse degrees, and the constructions which include and reproduce it. strategies corresponding to subalternity and company recognition, hegemony and the development of a counter-hegemony worthy for the formation of a brand new historic bloc, hence recur in the course of the e-book.

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Even those who subscribe to no religion may find themselves supporting it. In his last years Auguste Comte, the founder of positivism (quoted by Gramsci at second hand in Q5§44, not translated here), wanted the Pope to head ‘a religious and social defence league’ and viewed ‘the papacy as a great conservative element in society’; the atheists who favoured the 1929 concordat between Italy and the Vatican were certainly of this opinion. 12 ‘While Marxist socialists are not religious, neither are they antireligious’ wrote Gramsci and a future workers’ state, like the liberal state before it, must find a system of equilibrium’ with ‘the spiritual power of the Church’; further, while it is essential for the ‘revolutionary proletarian vanguard not to have any religious ties .

27 Apart from his preliminary draft of the notes on Americanism and Fordism Gramsci’s first systematic writings on political economy (a dozen notes between paragraphs 18 and 42 of Q7) date from late 1930 through 1931. In the first of these paragraphs (‘Unity in the Constituent Elements of Marxism’, SPN) he states the view that ‘in economics, the unitary centre is value, alias the relationship between the worker and the industrial productive forces’. The stimulus to go on from the reflections in these paragraphs to other problems of political economy came, apparently, from an article he read on Machiavelli’s economic notions.

The case of India is rather different; given the ‘great number of intellectuals of the ecclesiastical type’ as well as the ‘centuries-old social torpor and the ossified stratification of society’ a ‘great revolution will be needed just to begin to resolve [the crisis]’ (‘Religiosity in India’). e. around the Pacific rim, ‘if India and China’ (Japan not being mentioned) ‘were to Classics in Politics: Antonio Gramsci ElecBook Further Selections from Prison Notebooks: Introduction 45 become modern nations’?

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