Class Struggle in Cultural Formation in Contemporary Times: A Focus on the Theoretical Importance of Antonio Gramsci and the Organic Intellectualism of Russell Brand
Maisuria, A. 2016. Class Struggle in Cultural Formation in Contemporary Times: A Focus on the Theoretical Importance of Antonio Gramsci and the Organic Intellectualism of Russell Brand. Knowledge Cultures. 4 (6), pp. 81-96.
The importance of education for social transformation is not exclusively something that is done in schools and universities. Taking education in its broadest formulation – something that happens all of the time, in this article I posit the argument that educative strategies for class struggle need to be sensitive to cultural formation. I highlight the importance of Italian revolutionary Marxist Antonio Gramsci’s attention to culture and organic intellectualism as aspects of mounting and then sustaining class struggle and subsequent social change. I animate these ideas using example of Russell Brand whose work can be exemplified as contemporary organic intellectualism for class struggle. I conclude by suggesting that for critique of the neoliberal status quo to be effective for social transformation, it needs to be accompanied by visions of an alternative world as feasible.
|Keywords||Marx; culture; hegemony; Gramsci; social transformation; alternatives|
|Journal citation||4 (6), pp. 81-96|
|Publisher||Addleton Academic Publishers|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||25 Nov 2016|
|Copyright information||© 2016 Addleton Academic Publishers|
|License||All rights reserved|
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