4. City, Country, Hegemony
Antonio Gramsci's Spatial Historicism
Published Online: 16 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics
How to Cite
Michael, E., Gillian, H., Stefan, K. and Alex, L. (2012) City, Country, Hegemony, in Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295588.ch4
- Published Online: 16 OCT 2012
- Published Print: 17 DEC 2012
Print ISBN: 9781444339710
Online ISBN: 9781118295588
- Gramsci's historicism;
- spatial historicism;
This chapter aims to demonstrate that the spatial aspects of Antonio Gramsci's work do not contradict his historicism. Gramsci's historicism is spatial: his geographically nuanced analysis of social relations and political projects emerged out of the same method that yielded his historically differentiated insights. After an opening discussion of Gramsci's historicism and the role of space therein, the chapter concentrates on Gramsci's treatment of the relationship between city and countryside. Gramsci's discussion of city and countryside allows to establish most clearly the difference between his historicism and diffusionist treatments of urbanization in modernization theory. In today's urbanizing world, considerations of spatial organization are vital not only for the prospects of hegemony, but also for the future of the planet. For this purpose, Gramsci's emphasis on hegemony as a project to transform, not magnify, spatial divides (rural, urban, or otherwise) is more crucial than ever.