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Gramsci’s Political Analysis

A Critical Introduction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. James Martin
    Pages 1-11
  3. James Martin
    Pages 39-64
  4. James Martin
    Pages 89-113
  5. James Martin
    Pages 114-138
  6. James Martin
    Pages 166-172
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-209

About this book


In this new introduction to Antonio Gramsci's thought, James Martin reconstructs the central analytical themes of the Italian Marxist's famous Prison Notebooks : the 'organic' intellectuals, the relation between state and civil society, and the revolutionary party. The contemporary relevance of his concept 'hegemony' to the analysis of state legitimacy is critically considered and the limitations of Gramsci's historicist Marxism to understanding social complexity are outlined. The book will be of interest to undergraduates and teachers in the social sciences.


Antonio Gramsci politics revolution social science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Queen’s University of BelfastNorthern Ireland

About the authors

James Martin is Lecturer in Politics at the Queen's University in Belfast.

Bibliographic information


' exciting new study of Gramsci's political thought... ...both expands our appreciation of Gramsci's achievements in political theory and sets a new interpretative frame around his texts.' - Terrell Carver, Professor of Political Theory, University of Bristol

'Martin has written an admirable book...he makes many telling points in a way which is accessible and readable.' - John Hoffman, Studies in Marxism