Synopses & Reviews
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.
This book demonstrates the continued political and theoretical relevance of Gramscis writing on language.
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About the Author
David Randall is a British journalist who has written for four national newspapers, news editing three of them. He is now news executive and senior writer at the Independent on Sunday, covering major national and international stories. He has lectured in journalism all over the world, and writes a column for Internazionale in Italy.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. Language And Social Theory: The Many Linguistic Turns2. Linguistics And Politics In Gramsci's Italy3. Language And Hegemony In The Prison Notebooks4. Gramsci's Key Concepts With Linguistic Enrichment5. Postmodernism, New Social Movements And Globalization: Implications For Social And Political TheoryBibliographyIndex