Culture, poverty, politics: Cultural sociologists, Oscar Lewis, Antonio Gramsci

  title={Culture, poverty, politics: Cultural sociologists, Oscar Lewis, Antonio Gramsci},
  author={Donald V. Kurtz},
  journal={Critique of Anthropology},
  pages={327 - 345}
  • D. Kurtz
  • Published 21 August 2014
  • Sociology
  • Critique of Anthropology
This paper explores the methodological relevance of the culture concept for the study of poverty by cultural sociologists, Oscar Lewis, and Antonio Gramsci. Cultural sociologists currently dominate poverty studies in America and focus on the relationship of culture and poverty. Oscar Lewis’s idea of the culture of poverty influenced poverty studies by anthropologists in the 1960s. In the early twentieth century Antonio Gramsci argued that culture could serve as a revolutionary force to subvert… 

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