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Common Sense, Habitus, and Social Imaginary

A comparative perspective of pre-theoretical consciousness is presented here. By comparing Gramsci’s common sense (from the interwar period; 1999) with Bourdieu’s habitus (1977) and Taylor’s social imaginary (2004)—the two most influential post-war conceptualisations—the paper argues that the latter two conceptually enrich Gramsci’s common sense. However, both say that a theoretical system penetrates the non-intellectual (pre-theoretical) world from the outside and transforms it. In contrast, Gramsci claims that a theory constantly evolves in dialogue with the cognitive activities of the ordinary. The non-intellectual is a teacher, not simply a pupil waiting for transmission of philosophy from the above.

Autonomy and Intersubjectivity in Different Praxes

The Political Philosophies of Antonio Gramsci and B R Ambedkar: Itineraries of Dalits and Subalterns edited by Cosimo Zene; London and New York: Routledge, 2013; pp 242, $90 (hbk).

'Modernity from Below'

Two tributes to M S S Pandian - scholar, activist and EPW contributor - who passed away recently in New Delhi.

Gramsci and the Postcolonial World

The Postcolonial Gramsci edited by Neelam Srivastava and Baidik hattacharya (New York: Routledge), 2012; pp 288, £85.

An Act of Transgression

A continuation of the discussion on "Leninism as Radical 'Desireology' " (EPW, 24 September 2011). Murzban criticises this author's response for expressing a cold war liberal psychology but he adopts the same psychology in his response and argues that if "you are not with Marx, you are against Marx".

A Critique of India's Political Secularism

This article takes a cue from Charles Taylor that a secular theory/practice must transform a nation's social imaginary in order to gain ascendancy in popular imagination. It may however be added that in case it does not do so, then it would leave a series of voids between social imaginary and secular politics, which would then be available to anti-secular forces to gain domination over the popular.

Theological Marxism

Murzban Jal (EPW, 24 September 2011) suppresses a whole lot of insights or questions on Marx, thereby reinforcing a theological attitude among those who are associated with the communist parties.

On Hindu and Islamist Terrorism

A comment on "Paradigm Shifts by the RSS? Lessons from Aseemanand's Confession" by Christophe Jaffrelot and Malvika Maheshwari (EPW, 5 February).

Unorthodox Elite Secularism

This is with reference to Kumkum Roy’s paper (“Issues of Faith”, EPW, 11 December) on the Ayodhya verdict of the Allahabad High Court. If Roy’s account of faith is a viewpoint from the faithful, I do not have diffi culties in accepting her thesis.

God, Truth and Human Agency

Rethinking Social Transformation edited by Anant Kumar Giri; Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2001; pp 407, Rs 725 (hardback).

Politics of Disengagement

A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism by Partha Chatterjee; OUP, Delhi, 1997; pp 301, Rs 495 (hb).

Burden of Marx and Morals

Burden of Marx and Morals ON reading the differences between Sumanta Banerjee (EPW. August 21. 1993) and K Balagopal (EPW, January 7, 1995), I am reminded of Antonio Oramsci's prophetic statement that when the old order is being challenged but the new order cannot be born, during this period of painful interregnum, many morbid symptoms appear.


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