Gramsci's Common Sense: Inequality and Its Narratives
This chapter begins with an exploration of the difference between the English term common sense and the Italian senso commune, which lacks the strong positive connotations of the English term. The decision to use the English term is explained. Common sense in the notebooks is seen as confused and incoherent, but as also containing within its confusion valuable nuggets of what Gramsci terms buonsenso (good sense). This good sense represents the raw beginnings of subaltern political narratives with the potential to challenge the existing hegemony. Such raw beginnings, however, need to be developed and made coherent by the...