An Analysis Of Indigenizing Marx 's Grundrisse And Capital Essay

1535 Words May 11th, 2016 7 Pages
It was Tuesday evening, April 26, the first time I met Devon G. Peña in the class. I am taking his course in the spring quarter 2016 titled Indigenizing Marx 's Grundrisse and Capital. There are only six students who take the course, the smallest class I have ever enrolled during my study at University of Washington. This small group give me an opportunity and personal lavishness to have intellectual conversations with Devon. Reading and learning Marx’s thought systematically and academically is a valuable experience that I never got during my intellectual journey. It is not only broadening my understanding of Marx’s thought but also triggering me to rethinking critically about our position as an intellectual and an anthropologist.
Even though I have not gotten along in a long time with him, I got an impression that he is one of example, borrowing Gramsci’s term, of an organic intellectual and anthropologist . Being an organic scholar is an epicenter of his intellectual trajectory and history. I assume that all scholars are intellectual, but not all scholars have in society the function of intellectual. Gramsci make a clear distinction between traditional and organic intellectuals in the sense of their role and function in society. The traditional intellectuals, including anthropologist, are perceived to have contribution to construct a particular conception of the world in the name of reason and truth above sectarian or class interests.
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