6. The Concept of Nature in Gramsci

  1. Ekers Michael,
  2. Hart Gillian,
  3. Kipfer Stefan and
  4. Loftus Alex
  1. Benedetto Fontana

Published Online: 16 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295588.ch6

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

How to Cite

Michael, E., Gillian, H., Stefan, K. and Alex, L. (2012) The Concept of Nature in Gramsci, in Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295588.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444339710

Online ISBN: 9781118295588

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Keywords:

  • concept of nature;
  • concept of praxis;
  • Gramsci;
  • hegemony;
  • politics

Summary

This chapter discusses Antonio Gramsci's concept of nature and its relation to his political thought. When Gramsci does refer to nature and to the natural, his statements are theoretically interesting and politically important, not only because of what they say about nature, but also because of what they say about his concepts of hegemony and of politics. Implicit in Gramsci's conception of politics – central to which is the notion of hegemony – is a particular understanding of the natural and the material, nonhuman world. It is possible to discern in Gramsci's writings five major strands or ideas regarding nature and the natural. The concept of praxis is crucial to the understanding of Gramsci's position regarding the relation between social men and nature.