It is a generally accepted notion that prehistoric man hunted, whilst prehistoric woman collected berries. This denotes – at least what is conceived as – 1 of the 1st social divisions of labour. Equally, it is an established notion that the traits of the “sexes” allowed them to perform their allotted task with a greater degree of skill than the other would be able to. The woman is nuturing, hence her affinity with plants. The male is strident & heroic, even naturally violent, & thus a skilled hunter. This is a conception that may even be traced to Marx.
It is clear that a Marxist understanding of gender is based upon the historical development of the family unit. It is important to note that this development is not unilateral.
I have never published poetry before on this blog. Today, I make an exception.
Continue reading Somewhere in Germany, 1946
Below is a section taken from a speech I delivered at a discussion group a couple of weeks ago on the work of Antonio Gramsci. The speech was intended to offer an introduction to the theory of hegemony – that is, the theory of how ideas & ideology operate as dominant within a totality of society. The section reproduced constitutes a short, biographical sketch of Gramsci himself. This provides context, much need in discussions of the theory of hegemony, the Italian Communist Party & fascism. Equally, a glance at Gramsci’s life rather deftly dispels any distortions of his character, toward a parliamentarian liberal or else merely an esoteric literary-cultural theorist. Continue reading A Short Biographical Sketch of Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937)