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Using Gramsci: A New Approach – By Michele Filippini

9th Jan 2017

Using Gramsci: A New Approach

By Michele Filippini

Pluto Press



This is a new approach to one of the greatest political theorists, Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks are one of the most popular Marxist texts available and continue to inspire readers across the world. InUsing Gramsci, Michele Filippini proposes a new approach based on the analysis of previously ignored concepts in his works, creating a book which stands apart.


Including chapters on ideology, the individual, collective organisms, society, crisis and temporality, Using Gramsci offers a new pattern in Gramscian studies aimed to speak to the broader audience of social sciences scholars. The tools that are provided in this book extend the uses of Gramsci beyond the field of political theory and Marxism, while remaining firmly rooted in his writings. Working from the original Italian texts, Filippini also examines the more traditional areas of Gramsci’s thought, including hegemony, organic intellectuals and civil society.


This book will be perfect for scholars and students of Gramsci’s thought, whether they are experts, or coming to his ideas for the first time.


Michele Filippini is Researcher in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna. He is the co-ordinator of the digital library and has been in the board of the International Gramsci Society, Italy. He is the author of Leaping Forward: Mario Tronti and the History of Political Workerism (Jve-Crs, 2012).


There is little doubt that Gramsci has become one of the most relevant thinkers of the 20th century influencing many fields of contemporary scholarship. Fillippini’s Using Gramsci is a tribute to this. While the author is very attentive not to trivialise Gramsci’s thought – so deeply rooted in a precise historical setting – he invites the reader to find inspiration in Gramsci’s writings when facing pressing issues, including current experiences of  ‘crisis’.

Cosimo Zene, SOAS, University of London, editor of The Political Philosophies of Antonio Gramsci and B. R. Ambedkar (Routledge, 2013


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