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By Renate Holub

ISBN-10: 0415021081

ISBN-13: 9780415021081

During this research, Renate Holub makes an attempt to reclaim Antonio Gramsci's thought from classical Marxism, in its place putting him in a broader ecu serious context, along the Frankfurt university, phenomenology, and sociolinguistics. Holub emphasizes Gramsci's affinities with the cultural theories of the Frankfurt tuition (Horkheimer, Bloch, Brecht, Benjamin), and likewise issues out the hyperlinks among Gramsci's linguistic and phenomenological varieties of wisdom. Holub conveys the conceptual and methodological complexity of his paintings, that is, the writer claims, proper to the development of today's severe concept.

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Gramsci differentiates between at least three forms of organic intellectuality. In that every major social and economic formation produces its intellectuals, among other things functioning as legitimators of values and of the conditions on which an economic and social formation rests, feudalism and capitalism as well as socialism have each produced a category of organic intellectuals. For his own era, moving towards a form of high capitalism challenged by the working-class movement, Gramsci distinguished two forms of organic intellectuality.

I am referring to the ‘organic intellectual’. Gramsci differentiates between at least three forms of organic intellectuality. In that every major social and economic formation produces its intellectuals, among other things functioning as legitimators of values and of the conditions on which an economic and social formation rests, feudalism and capitalism as well as socialism have each produced a category of organic intellectuals. For his own era, moving towards a form of high capitalism challenged by the working-class movement, Gramsci distinguished two forms of organic intellectuality.

I have used the terms ‘structure of feeling’ and ‘intellectual community’ in order to describe this model. In some ways it theorizes the conditions of possibility of mobilizing ‘traditional intellectuals’ for the democratic cause. Yet it also analyses the conditions of possibility of mobilizing resistance to democratic change, not only on the part of the intellectuals as a sociological group, but also, and more importantly, on the part of the subaltern social groups. These conditions of possibility are constituted by various substrata and subsystems of intellectual activities within class society, activities which are carried out in churches, in educational institutions, in cultural spheres, and which arouse the ‘spontaneous’ consent of large masses of subaltern social groups to the social and political and cultural inequities of the status quo.

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