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Language and Hegemony in Gramsci (Reading Gramsci)


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Language and Hegemony in Gramsci introduces Gramscis social and political thought through his writings on language. It shows how his focus on language illuminates his central ideas such as hegemony, organic and traditional intellectuals, passive revolution, civil society and subalternity. Peter Ives explores Gramscis concern with language from his university studies in linguistics to his last prison notebook. Hegemony has been seen as Gramscis most important contribution, but without knowledge of its linguistic roots, it is often misunderstood.This book places Gramscis ideas within the linguistically influenced social theory of the twentieth century. It summarizes some of the major ideas of Ferdinand de Saussure, Ludwig Wittgenstein, language philosophy and post-structuralism in relation to Gramscis position. By paying great attention to the linguistic underpinnings of Gramsci's Marxism, Language and Hegemony in Gramsci shows how his theorization of power, language and politics address issues raised by post-modernism and the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Chantal Mouffe, and Ernesto Laclau.

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Ives (politics, U. of Winnipeg) provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the ideas and writings of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937). He takes language as an entry point because it has become such a central topic within political, social, and cultural history since Gramsci's death; and because he believes that Gramsci's interest in the politics of language was a defining influence on his entire thought. Distributed in the US by the University of Michigan Press (no longer by Stylus).
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This book demonstrates the continued political and theoretical relevance of Gramscis writing on language.

About the Author

Peter Ives is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Winnipeg. He completed his PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto in 1998. He is the author of Gramsci's Politics of

Table of Contents

1. Language And Social Theory: The Many Linguistic Turns
2. Linguistics And Politics In Gramsci's Italy
3. Language And Hegemony In The Prison Notebooks
4. Gramsci's Key Concepts With Linguistic Enrichment
5. Postmodernism, New Social Movements And Globalization: Implications For Social And Political Theory

Product Details

Ives, Peter
Pluto Press (UK)
Gramsci, Antonio
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Politics-Leftist Studies
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Trade Paperback
Reading Gramsci
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no. 389
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Professional and scholarly
8.49 x 5.3 x 0.65 in

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