Revisiting Gramsci’s Laboratory

History, Philosophy and Politics in the Prison Notebooks


Revisiting Gramsci’s Laboratory offers a rich collection of historical, philosophical, and political studies addressing the thought of Antonio Gramsci, one of the most significant intellects of the twentieth century. Based on thorough analyses of Gramsci’s texts, these interdisciplinary investigations engage with ongoing debates in different fields of study. They are exciting evidence of the enduring capacity of Gramsci’s thought to generate and nurture innovative inquiries across diverse themes.

Gathering scholars from different continents, the volume represents a global network of Gramscian thinkers from early-career researchers to experienced scholars. Combining rigorous explication of the past with a strategic analysis of the present, these studies mobilise underexplored resources from the Gramscian toolbox to confront the actuality of our ‘great and terrible’ world.

Contributors include: Francesca Antonini, Aaron Bernstein, Derek Boothman, Watcharabon Buddharaksa, Takahiro Chino, Riccardo Ciavolella, Carmine Conelli, Anthony Crézégut, Valentina Cuppi, Yohann Douet, Anne Freeland, Fabio Frosini, Lorenzo Fusaro, Robert Jackson, Alex Loftus, Susi Meret, Sebastian Neubauer, Alessio Panichi, Ingo Pohn-Lauggas, Roberto Roccu, Bruno Settis, Anne Showstack Sassoon, Alen Sućeska, Peter D. Thomas, Nicolas Vandeviver, Marta Natalia Wróblewska.

E-Book : List price

EUR €170.00USD $204.00
Biographical Note
Francesca Antonini, Ph.D. (2015) is post-doctoral researcher in the History of Political Thought at the LabEX COMOD, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Her first monograph ( Caesarism and Bonapartism in Gramsci: Hegemony and the Crisis of Modernity) is forthcoming with Brill.
Aaron Bernstein received his Ph.D in European Studies at King's College London (2016). He is the editor of Gramsci and the German Crisis 1929-34, forthcoming with Brill, and is currently writing a monograph provisionally entitled, From the Theses on Feuerbach to the Philosophy of Praxis: Marx, Gramsci, Philosophy and Politics, also forthcoming with Brill.

Lorenzo Fusaro, Ph.D. in IPE (King’s College London, 2013), is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico. He is the author of diverse works, including Crises and Hegemonic Transitions. From Gramsci’s Quaderni to the Contemporary World Economy (Brill, 2019).

Robert Jackson, Ph.D. (2013), is Lecturer in Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published in Science & Society, the International Gramsci Journal, and Gramsciana, and in the edited volumes Subjectivity and the Political (Routledge, 2017) The Meanings of Violence (Routledge, 2018).
Table of contents
Anne Showstack Sassoon
Note on the text


Francesca Antonini, Aaron Bernstein, Lorenzo Fusaro and Robert Jackson

Part 1 – Global Gramsci: Gramscian Geographies
1 Gramsci as a Historical Geographical Materialist
Alex Loftus

2 Neoliberalism as Passive Revolution? Insights from the Egyptian Experience
Roberto Roccu

3 The Old is Dying and the New Cannot be Born: ‘Past and Present’ of Thailand’s Organic Crisis
Watcharabon Buddharaksa

Part 2 – Language and Translation

4 Gramsci: Structure of Language, Structure of Ideology
Derek Boothman

5 Hegemonic Language: The Politics of Linguistic Phenomena
Alen Sućeska

6 Translations of Gramsci’s Texts into Polish: A Gramscian Analysis
Marta Natalia Wróblewska

Part 3 – Gramsci and the Marxian legacy
7 Time and Revolution in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks
Fabio Frosini

8 From Marx’s Diesseitigkeit to Gramsci’s terrestrità assoluta
Aaron Bernstein

9 Interpreting the Present from the Past: Gramsci, Marx and the Historical Analogy
Francesca Antonini

Part 4 – Subalternity between Pre-modernity and Modernity

10 We Good Subalterns Peter D. Thomas

11 Subalternity and the National-Popular: A Brief Genealogy of the Concepts
Anne Freeland

12 What Can We Learn from Gramsci Today? Migrant Subalternity and the Refugee Movements: Perspectives from the Lampedusa in Hamburg
Susi Meret

Part 5 – Postcolonial and Anthropological Approaches

13 Back to the South: Revisiting Gramsci’s Southern Question in the Light of Subaltern Studies
Carmine Conelli

14 Gramsci and Foucault in Counterpoint Nicolas Vandeviver

15 The Changing Meanings of People’s Politics: Gramsci and Anthropology from the History of Subaltern Classes to Contemporary Political Subjects
Riccardo Ciavolella

Part 6 – Culture, Ideology, Religion

16 Religion, Common Sense, and Good Sense in Gramsci
Takahiro Chino

17 Past and Present: Popular Literature
Ingo Pohn-Lauggas

18 The Mummification of Culture in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks
Robert Jackson

Part 7 – Historical Capitalism and World History

19 Gramsci and the Rise of Capitalism
Yohann Douet

20 The Gramscian Moment in International Political Economy
Lorenzo Fusaro

21 Rethinking Fordism
Bruno Settis

Part 8 – Readings of Gramsci

22 Between Belonging and Originality: Norberto Bobbio’s Interpretation of Gramsci
Alessio Panichi

23 The Diffusion of Gramsci’s Thought in the ‘peripheral West’ of Latin America
Valentina Cuppi

24 An Imaginary Gramscianism? Early French Gramscianism and the Quest for ‘Marxist Humanism’ (1947–65)
Anthony Crézégut

25 Althusser, Gramsci and Machiavelli: Encounters and Mis-encounters
Sebastian Neubauer

Notes on Contributors


All interested in the thought of Antonio Gramsci and the history of Marxist thought in the twentieth century, and anyone concerned with the diverse use of Gramscian concepts across disciplines.
Index Card