The Post-Marxist Gramsci

Martin, James. 2019. The Post-Marxist Gramsci. Global Discourse, 9(2), pp. 305-321. ISSN 2326-9995 [Article]

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Gramsci’s ideas, particularly his formulation of cultural and ideological ‘hegemony’, have been a vital reference point in post-war Marxism and radical political thinking generally. Laclau and Mouffe’s recasting of hegemony in a post-Marxist idiom continued a wider tendency to amplify a specific aspect of Gramsci’s work, largely by neglecting consideration of his historical context or political and organisational commitments. By expanding hegemony into a radical theory of social constitution, I argue, Laclau and Mouffe drew upon Gramsci effectively to distance themselves from much of his legacy. This, I suggest, exemplified an interpretive attitude of ‘mourning’ that contrasts with the tendency to a ‘left melancholia’ that seeks an authentic radical subject prior to politics.

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Gramsci; hegemony; political subject; mourning; left melancholia

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Politics > Research Unit in Contemporary Political Theory (RUCPT)


22 May 2018Accepted
1 April 2019Published

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24 May 2018 14:03

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