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A Macat Analysis of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks

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Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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First published in 1948, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks is an important Marxist work that says we must understand societies both in terms of their economic relationships and their cultural beliefs.

Gramsci wanted to explore why Russia had undergone a socialist revolution in 1917 while other European countries had not. So he developed the concept of hegemony, which is the idea that those who hold power in a society can maintain and use that power because of their own grip on cultural values and economic relationships. Using a combination of force and manipulation, they are able to convince most people that the existing social arrangement is logical and in their best interests. Gramsci says that for a society to truly be transformed, workers need to rise up against two things - the unfair economic system and the ideas and political institutions that sustain it.

Gramsci's analysis of capitalism, economics, and culture has helped explain current historical developments, such as the recent financial crisis that started in 2007.

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Shit analysis of a great set of books

AS above. Lot's of repetition and shallow analysis that adds nothing beyond the superficially obvious.

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  • Chels Alexandra
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Redundant & uninformative

How many ways can you rephrase, “Gramsci was very important and his writing influenced many people?” This audiobook is short (under 2 hours) but it felt interminable. I’ve read some parts of Gramsci’s notebooks and wanted an overall summary of his ideas, but this audiobook was scant on specifics. The Wikipedia article on Gramsci is more informative.

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