The ‘Mummification of Culture’ in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks

  title={The ‘Mummification of Culture’ in Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks},
  author={Rp Jackson},
  journal={Revisiting Gramsci’s <i>Notebooks</i>},
  • R. Jackson
  • Published 14 September 2016
  • Sociology
  • Revisiting Gramsci’s <i>Notebooks</i>
Gramsci’s concept of mummification is rarely remarked upon in the literature and has not received the systematic treatment afforded to other concepts in his lexicon. Locating the term in the semantic field of subalternity, this article explores the connection between mummification and passivity. The origins and development of the concept of mummification are traced in Gramsci’s thought, suggesting an important role in explaining the passive constitution of the subaltern. Mummification describes… 

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