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Elsewhere this tendency has been referred to as a ‘designer Gramscianism’ that develops aspects of Gramsci’s work, often abstracted and ceaselessly distilled, so that Gramsci exists simply as a source for handy and stylish quotes, phrases or metaphors (Harris, 1992: 190–1). Overall, then, due to the politics behind labelling, awareness has to be generated about the consequences of establishing a neatly demarcated ‘school’ or ‘-ism’. g. German and Kenny, 1998). Also, rather than analysing concrete social relations between people, the above labels tend to reify and obscure social relations.

Whether Gramsci’s analysis remains trapped within a Leninist bias towards statism (Nimni, 1991: 193) or whether he favoured more dynamic and democratic grassroots forms of social change (Femia, 1998: 107–13). 5. Or, finally, whether Gramsci was preoccupied with forms of modernity that have little contemporary relevance (Martin, 1998: 169–71). Whilst these issues will not be developed within the confines of the present argument, the important point to make is that any analysis of present social conditions, based on a Gramscian way of thinking, should retain an active engagement both with and against Gramsci (Nield and Seed, 1981: 226).

Also, rather than analysing concrete social relations between people, the above labels tend to reify and obscure social relations. This means that the diversity of social relations becomes translated into a single category, preventing any serious discussion of assumptions, contradictions and differences which are thereby covered up.

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