Antonio Gramsci: A pedagogy to change the world

Nicola Pizzolato and John D. Holst (eds). Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2017, 227 pp. Critical Studies of Education series, vol. 5. ISBN 978-3-319-40447-9 (hbk), ISBN 978-3-319-82103-0 (pbk), ISBN 978-3-319-40449-3 (eBook)
  • Zvi BekermanEmail author
Book Review

For early 20th-century Italian Marxist philosopher and communist politician Antonio Gramsci, what was wrong with hegemony was its power to deceive us all into believing that its constructed (and negotiated) common sense is the natural order of things. For change to become available, he argued, the hegemonic negotiated construction needs to be collapsed so that a new struggle for what will substitute it can begin. Collapsing and rebuilding ingrained power structures is no easy task; we are in need of a profound understanding of the processes involved in their construction before we can begin to deconstruct them and then reconstruct them in our preferred image, hopefully a proletarian one. Things become even more difficult when we come to realise, as Gramsci did, that the hegemony of the bourgeoisie was achieved and sustained by an equilibrium between consent and coercion; making bourgeois power not only dependent on its domination of the structure, but of the superstructure as well....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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