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    This volume is the second of two containing a selection of Antonio Gramsci’s political writings from his first entry into Italian politics to his imprisonment under Mussolini’s fascist regime. An extensive selection from Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks and a volume of further selections from the Notebooks are also available in the English edition.

    This present volume covers the momentous years of the foundation of the Italian Communist Party (whose leader Gramsci was from 1924 until his arrest in 1926), the ascendancy of the Soviet Union as the authoritative force in the Communist International, and the rise and eventual triumph of fascism which forced Italian communism into nearly twenty years of illegality and Gramsci into prison. The crucial concerns of the articles, reports and letters in this volume are of central relevance to contemporary Marxism – the functioning of working-class power, the strategy of the united struggle against capitalism and against fascism, and the implications of proletarian internationalism – and the collection is indispensible for a proper understanding of the fighting tradition of the Italian Communist Party.

    Complete with introductory material, a chronology and full notes, and including relevant texts by other Italian Communist leaders, this English-language edition of the works of Antonio Gramsci makes available to a wider readership than ever before the writings of one of the most outstanding Marxist thinkers of Western Europe.

     

    AntonioGramsci was an Italian Marxist theoretician and politican. He wrote on political theory, sociology and linguistics. He was a founding member and one-time leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how states use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies.

    Title: Selections from Political Writings, 1921-1926
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    This edition of letters by Antonio Gramsci vividly evokes the ‘great and terrible world’ in which he lived, a description he used a number of times in his correspondence. The letters show Gramsci beginning to form the theoretical concepts that come to fuller fruition in the Prison Notebooks, but they also give an essential and rounded picture of Gramsci’s development, politically, intellectually and emotionally – the latter especially through letters to his family and wife.

    Broadly speaking, the letters are of three types: early letters to Gramsci’s family; overtly politically letters from Turin, Moscow, Vienna, and Rome; and letters to the Schucht sisters, including Jul’ka, whom he married while in Moscow. The political letters constitute a fascinating insight into the period, both with regard to the Communist International and, more often, to Italian politics. The volume also includes the famous letter of 1926 in which Gramsci, writing in the name of the Italian Party’s Political Bureau, criticizes the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party for their handling of internal opposition.

    There are approximately 200 letters, including some newly found and published for the first time in this volume. The collection begins with the letters that the young Gramsci sent back to his family when he was a student in Cagliari and ends with the last letter he wrote before his arrest in 1926. It thus follows a broadly chronological structure, and includes a general introduction, a guide to the main personalities involved, and additional contextual information for each chapter. It also includes some little-known photographic material.

     

    Antonio Gramsciwas an Italian Marxist theoretician and politician. He wrote on political theory, sociology and linguistics. He was a founding member and one-time leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony, which describes how states use cultural institutions to maintain power in capitalist societies.

    Title: Antonio Gramsci - A Great and Terrible World: The Pre-Prison Letters, 1908-1926
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    Ursula Huws examines the way that advanced information and communications technology has opened up new fields of capital accumulation: in culture and the arts, in the privatization of public services, and in the commodification of human sociality by way of mobile devices and social networking. These trends are in turn accompanied by the dramatic restructuring of work arrangements, opening the way for new contradictions and new forms of labor solidarity and struggle around the planet. Labor in the Global Digital Economy is a forceful critique of our dizzying contemporary moment, one that illuminates the entrenched mechanisms of exploitation and control at the core of capitalism. Ursula Huws is Professor of Labour and Globalisation at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and founder of Analytica Social and Economic Research. She is the author of The Making of a Cybertariat: Virtual Work in a Real World.

    Title: Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The Cybertariat Comes of Age
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    What is the role of human subjectivity and agency in the process of social transformation within given social structures? This study attempts to answer this complex question with an analysis covering close to two hundred of evolving adivasis/tribal experience and identity in Thane district, Maharashtra: from1818 with the entry of the British, 1944 to 1948 which was the highpoint of the adivasis revolt under the Kisan Sabha and the post independence period up to the present. The integrative processes of individuals and groups coming together in a collective organization in the defense of common interests which are perceived as threatened by the ‘other’ and the complex relation between mass-level consciousness and a coherent ideology held primarily by a leadership are factors considered as conducive to the development of an identity and political consciousness. An important focus has been the relation between the primordial adivasis and class identity.

    The introductory theoretical section attempts to draw out epistemological and methodological implications for a study of class consciousness from theoretical positions that define the relationship between individual and collective consciousness, ideology and science in their expression and representation of/reflection on social reality.  The three sections of a theory of consciousness in processes of change within politico economic structures and the hegemony of the state, social history and an empirical sociological study of adivasi political consciousness; articulated together result in an account of veritable epic proportions in the social sciences. While both historical analysis and empirical study generate material pertinent to the problem under study, the effort is to serve as an illustration of the application of a conceptual framework and a methodology for the study of the political consciousness and struggles of the subaltern.

    The book should be useful for academics, practitioners and policy makers; for the disciplines of sociology, social psychology, political science and for students of the history of the political economy of social transformation as attempted to be seen from below.

     

    Denzil Saldanha was formerly Professor, Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His research interests have been in the areas of social movements; voluntary social action groups and development organizations; and elementary, non-formal and adult education. He has been teaching, researching and contributing to policy in these areas for about three decades. He has served as a member of state and national level committees, on the board of several academic and developmental institutions and organizations and as a consultant to government, funding agencies and international organizations. His publications cover the interest areas mentioned above, some recent books being Education of Adolescents for Development in India: The Case of Doosra Dashak, 2007 and Civil Society Processes and the State: The BGVS and the Literacy Campaigns, 2010. A running concern in his writings has been an attempt to understand the role of human subjectivity in processes of social transformation.

    Title: Structure, Consciousness and Social Transformation: Adivasis in Thane District, Mumbai
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    The myriad ongoing popular struggles against displacement, inequality and imperialism will acquire a new civilizational significance as well as a sense of solidarity with each other if they are seen as knowledge struggles, struggles for restoring legitimacy to lokavidya (knowledge with the people). The coming of the Knowledge Society in the past two decades has destabilized the established hegemony of modern Science by recognizing the knowledge of peasants, artisans and indigenous peoples. In the process it has created a space for building a new politics of lokavidya. The "uneducated masses" are on the move everywhere in struggles across the world, forming not just the mass base of these movements, but also the intellectual motive force. New ways of thinking have started coming into existence that do not take European reference, and instead root themselves in the ways of thinking and doing of the people. Lokavidya is the generic name of such ways of thinking and doing of people who have not gone to the university. Lokavidya is their knowledge; in it is embedded their worldview - philosophy, politics, economics, and genius. Lokavidya perspectives are thus the new and emerging knowledge perspectives that pave the way for a political imagination which can deliver the people from the traps they are in since the beginning of imperialism. These are the principal claims of the present volume, a collection of articles by associates of Viyda Ashram located in Sarnath, Varanasi. Essays found here are born from the belief that until the people's struggle against imperialism is carried to the knowledge plane, counter-revolutions will be inevitable; that unless the University is challenged alongside the State, restorations will recur. This book articulates the position that ordinary people the world over are knowledgeable, and that they know it to be so.

    Amit Basole is a founding member of Vidya Ashram and teaches Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA.

    Title: Lokavidya Perspectives: A Philosophy of Political Imagination for the Knowledge Age
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    The present book focuses on the grassroots development initiatives and role of conscientisation in empowerment of adivasis and other marginalised sections of the society through the rights based approach to development. The author examines how the voluntary organisations engaged with development programmes for the empowerment of adivasis work with the approach of conscientisation. The role of voluntary organisations in conscientisation for organising and mobilising the adivasis with a programme for the people-centered advocacy has been instrumental in making government machinery pro-poor by implementing development programmes with greater transparency and accountability. Conscientisation of adivasis by the voluntary organisations through their educative role has resulted in the betterment of their lives and emergence of autonomous leadership. The study concludes that the ideological base of the founders of the organisations made the adivasis independent and self-supportive for their development from their earlier status of the servitude through initiating and accomplishing the task of conscientisation.

    Dr. Sampat Kale is with School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences as an Assistant Professor. He has published articles in journals and books and presented papers in national and international conferences and seminars. He has visited Karachi-Pakistan and Stockholm-Sweden as a visiting faculty and presented papers.

    His major areas of interest are social change and development, sociology of marginal groups, rural development, voluntary organization, social movements, people-centred advocacy, human rights and social justice, local self-governance, sustainable livelihoods and management of natural resources.

    Title: Grassroots Development Initiatives in India: Rights Based Approach to Development and Advocacy
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    Over the last few decades Marta Harnecker has emerged as one of Latin America’s most incisive socialist thinkers. In A World to Build, she grapples with the question that had bedeviled every movement for radical social change: how do you construct a new world within the framework of the old? Harnecker draws on lessons from socialist movements in Latin America, especially Venezuela, where she served as an advisor to the Chávez administration and was a director of the Centro Internacional Miranda.

    A World to Build begins with the struggle for socialism today. Harnecker offers a useful overview of the chaning political map in Latin America, examining the trajectories of several progressive Latin American governments as they work to develop alternative models to capitalism. She combines analysis of concrete events with a refined theoretical understanding of grassroots democracy, the state, and the barriers imposed by capital. For Harnecker, twenty-first century socialism is a historical process as well as a theoretical project, one that requires imagination no less than courage. She is a lucid guide to the movements that are fighting, right now, to build a better world, and an important voice for those who wish to follow that path.

    Marta Harnecker is the author of over eighty books and monographs in several languages, including Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution. She has been director of the Memoria Popular Latinoamericana research center in Havana, Cuba and the Centro Internacional Miranda in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Title: A WORLD TO BUILD: New Paths Toward Twenty-First Century Socialism
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    Over the last few decades Marta Harnecker has emerged as one of Latin America’s most incisive socialist thinkers. In A World to Build, she grapples with the question that had bedeviled every movement for radical social change: how do you construct a new world within the framework of the old? Harnecker draws on lessons from socialist movements in Latin America, especially Venezuela, where she served as an advisor to the Chávez administration and was a director of the Centro Internacional Miranda.

    A World to Buildbegins with the struggle for socialism today. Harnecker offers a useful overview of the chaning political map in Latin America, examining the trajectories of several progressive Latin American governments as they work to develop alternative models to capitalism. She combines analysis of concrete events with a refined theoretical understanding of grassroots democracy, the state, and the barriers imposed by capital. For Harnecker, twenty-first century socialism is a historical process as well as a theoretical project, one that requires imagination no less than courage. She is a lucid guide to the movements that are fighting, right now, to build a better world, and an important voice for those who wish to follow that path.

    Marta Harneckeris the author of over eighty books and monographs in several languages, including Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution. She has been director of the Memoria Popular Latinoamericana research center in Havana, Cuba and the Centro Internacional Miranda in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Title: A World to Build: New Paths Toward Twenty-First Century Socialism
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    In the articles collected in this volume Karl Marx and Frederick Engels deal with the history of colonialism, provide a strictly scientific Marxist analysis of the economic causes behind the predatory colonial policy of the capitalist states.

    Most of these articles were written in the 1850s when mighty popular anti-colonial movements developed in Asia. In 1853 Marx wrote a series of articles on India has also been included.

    Karl Marx was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Born in Prussia, he later became stateless and spent much of his life in London in the United Kingdom.

    Frederick Engels was a German social scientist, author, journalist, businessman, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, together with Karl Marx.

    Title: On Colonialism
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    Written by Karl Marx between April and August 1844 while living in Paris. It was during this period that Marx and Engels would meet and become friends.

    The first thing to realize in reading this (now-famous) text is that it is a very rought draft and was by no means intended for publication, as is. It represents Marx's first foray into analyzing political economy - a pursuit he'd undertake doggedly over the coming decades, leading ultimately to Capital.

    Marx's research into political economy convinced him a larger published work was possible. On February 1, 1845, he signed a contract with Darmstadt publisher Carl Leske for a book to be titled A Critique of Politics and of Political Economy. It was never completed for a variety of reasons and Leske cancelled the deal in September 1846, wanting to distance himself from the controversial political refugee.

    Karl Marx was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Born in Prussia, he later became stateless and sent much of his life in London in the United Kingdom.

    Title: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

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