The Gramsci reader: selected writings, 1916-1935 by David Forgacs

By David Forgacs

With a brand new creation through ERIC J. HOBSBAWM "Very usefully pulls the most important passages from Gramsci's writings into one quantity, which permits English-language readers an total view of his paintings. quite priceless are the connections it attracts throughout his paintings and the insights which the creation and word list supply into the beginning and improvement of a few key Gramscian concepts."--Stuart corridor, Professor of Sociology, Open college the main entire one-volume number of writings by means of probably the most interesting thinkers within the background of Marxism, The Antonio Gramsci Reader fills the necessity for a extensive and normal creation to this significant determine. Antonio Gramsci was once essentially the most vital theorists of sophistication, tradition, and the kingdom considering the fact that Karl Marx. within the united states, the place his writings have been lengthy unavailable, his stature has in recent years so elevated that each critical scholar of Marxism, political idea, or sleek Italian background needs to now learn him. Imprisoned by means of the Fascists for a lot of his grownup existence, Gramsci wrote brilliantly on a huge variety of topics: from folklore to philosophy, pop culture to political method. nonetheless the main entire number of Gramsci's writings to be had in English, it now encompasses a new advent by way of prime Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, as well as its biographical creation, informative introductions to every part, and word list of keywords.

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But no, they would rather make the proletariat do their moving for them , or better still , they would like to make the socialist deputies vote. So i n transig ence is i n ert i a , is it? Movement, however, is never j ust a physical act; it is intellectual as well . Ind ee d , it is always intellectual before becoming physical - except for puppets on a strin g . Take away from the proletariat its class consciousness , and what h ave you? P u ppets danc ing on a st ri n g ! Unsigned , II Grido del Popolo , 1 8 May 1 91 8 .

Dictatorship is the fundamental institution guaranteeing free­ dom , through its prevention of coups de main by factious minori­ ties . It is a guarantee of freedo m , since it is not a method to be perpetuated , but a transitional stage allowing the creation and consolid ation of the permanent organisms i nto which the dictator­ ship , having accomplished its miss ion , will be dissolve d . After t h e revolution Russia w a s not yet free , for there existed no guarantees of freedom , for freedom had not been organized .

Educational opportunity and provision for working-class and peasant children , despite some progressive reforms in the Giolitti period , remained woefully inadequate in Italy during the early years of the century. The state school system was badly under-resourced . Teachers were poorly paid and demoralized . Compulsory schooling ended at the age of nine . Post-primary education since the 1 859 Casati Act had been divided into three main streams : ginnasio and liceo (akin to the American junior high and high school) , scuola tecnica or professionale (for the lower professions and white-collar jobs) and scuola normale (where primary teachers were trained) .

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