vendredi 29 juillet 2011

Symbolic Miasma.

Hitoshi Abe, Office Urbanism, 2003.

As Gramsci argued, elites control the "ideological sectors" of society - culture, religion, education, and the media - and can thereby engineer consent for their rule. By creating and disseminating a universe of discourse and the concepts to go with it, by defining the standards of what is true, beautiful, moral, fair, and legitimate, they build a symbolic climate that prevents subordinate classes from thinking their way free. In fact, for Gramsci, the proletariat is more enslaved at the level of ideas than at the level of behavior. The historic task of "the party" is therefore less to lead a revolution than to break the symbolic miasma that blocks revolutionary thought.

James C. Scott, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, Yale University Press, 1985, p.39.

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