Gramsci’s Spatial Dialectics

A Review of Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics, edited by Michael Ekers, Gillian Hart, Stefan Kipfer and Alex Loftus

in Historical Materialism
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?

Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.


Have Institutional Access?

Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?


This review-essay contends that Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics is essential reading for an appreciation of the relevance of the eponymous thinker to a number of seminal theoretical debates and to a wider strategic discussion on the trajectory of the left in the twenty-first century. The book provides a vigorous vindication of Gramsci’s utilisation of concepts such as passive revolution, dialectical nature and a relational view of the mind. There are incisive discussions of ecology and intersectionality through a Gramscian lens. The collection also includes outstanding analyses of class struggles in a number of developing capitalist states, including Brazil and South Africa. The review argues that a distillation of the ideas contained in the work would be an asset to Marxists engaged in theoretical and practical activity.

Historical Materialism

Research in Critical Marxist Theory



AshmanSamFineBenNewmanSusan PanitchLeoAlboGregoryChibberVivek ‘The Crisis in South Africa: Neoliberalism, Financialization and Uneven and Combined Development’ Socialist Register 2011: The Crisis This Time 2010 London Merlin Press

BadiouAlainŽižekSlavoj Philosophy in the Present 2009 Cambridge Polity

BensaïdDanielSousaAldaThornettAlan New Parties of the Left: Experiences from Europe 2011 London IMG Publications

DavidsonNeil How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? 2012 Chicago Haymarket Books

DaviesLizzy ‘Italy Hit by Wave of Pitchfork Protests as Austerity Unites Disparate Groups’ The Guardian 2013 December 13 available at: <>.

GramsciAntonio HoareQuintinNowell-SmithGeoffrey Selections from the Prison Notebooks 1971 London Lawrence and Wishart

GramsciAntonio ForgacsDavidNowell-SmithGeoffrey Selections from Cultural Writings 1985 London Lawrence and Wishart

HarveyDavid A Companion to Marx’s Capital 2010 London Verso

International Gramsci Society ‘Chronology of Gramsci’s Life’ 2016 available at: <>.

LaclauErnestoMouffeChantal Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics 1985 First Edition London Verso

LedwithSean ‘The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood’ Counterfire 2013 July 29 available at: <>.

ReesJohnDaherJoseph The People Demand: A Short History of the Arab Revolutions 2011 London Counterfire

ThomasPeter D. The Gramscian Moment: Philosophy, Hegemony and Marxism, Historical Materialism 2009 Leiden Brill Book Series

Two Row Times ‘Noam Chomsky: Indigenous People “Are the Ones Taking the Lead in Trying to Protect All of Us”’ 2013 November 5 available at: <>.

VoloshinovValentin Nikolaevich MatejkaLadislavTitunikI.R. Marxism and the Philosophy of Language 1973 [1929] Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press

WhitakerRaymond ‘Nelson Mandela Memorial: The Booing of Jacob Zuma Shows that Divisions Still Remain’ The Independent 2013 December 10 available at: <>.


International Gramsci Society 2016.


Thomas 2009.


Ledwith 2013.


Rees and Daher 2011.


Harvey 2010.


Laclau and Mouffe 1985.


Davidson 2012.


Gramsci 1985, p. 249.


Gramsci 1971, p. 448.


Voloshinov 1973.


Ashman, Fine and Newman 2010.


Whitaker 2013.


Clark 1977.


Badiou and Žižek 2009.


Bensaïd, Sousa and Thornett 2011.


Davies 2013.


Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 12 12 11
Full Text Views 5 5 5
PDF Downloads 2 2 2
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0