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Beyond the crisis of marxism: Gramsci's contested legacy

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Discussion and research on Gramsci have for a long time been a predominantly Italian issue, or rather a question intrinsic or mainly referring to the history of the Italian Communist Party (PCI). The decade of Gramscian studies between 1978 and 1986 has been called the 'low season'. This critical misfortune is closely linked to the ultimate crisis of the unstable balance between communist politics, the politics of the intellectuals, and slowly declining Italian historicism. Philology re-opens the relationship between the texts and politics, between words and praxis. Marxism, in fact, has always been traversed by the relations between philosophy and politics, between the understanding of real processes and intervention in them, between the criticism of ideology and the science of history and politics.

Keywords: cultural politics; Gramscian studies; Italian Communist Party (PCI); Marxism; Philology



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