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Historical gramsci : situating ideas in and beyond their context.

Morton, Adam David (2003) Historical gramsci : situating ideas in and beyond their context. Review of International Political Economy, 10 (1). pp. 118-146. ISSN 0969-2290

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Abstract

Across debates within political and international theory similar demands have been made concerning the need to 'historicize' the theoretical and practical legacy of the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci. Yet little attention has been hitherto granted to the substantive ontological and epistemological basis of such demands. By outlining a series of interpretative controversies and examining in detail the question of historicizing Gramsci, this article addresses some of the principal demands to historicize Gramsci before discerning any contemporary relevance. By tackling such demands within their own terms and according to their own stipulations an immanent critique is developed. This tactic of an immanent critique offers an approach to the history of ideas useful to the present, it locates ideas both in and beyond their context, and it also pushes one to consider what might be historically limited in a theoretical and practical translation of past ideas in relation to alternative conditions.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Review of International Political Economy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gramsci ; International Political Economy ; Historicism ; History Of Ideas ; Philosophy Of Praxis ; Historical Materialism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24224
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2009 14:40
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24224

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