Hegemony: Studies in Consensus and Coercion

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Hegemony: Studies in Consensus and Coercion

By Howson, Richard; Smith, Kylie

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The originality and depth of Gramsci's theory of hegemony is now evidenced in the wide-ranging intellectual applications within a growing corpus of research and writings that include social, political and cultural theory, historical interpretation, gender and globalization. The reason that hegemony has been so widely and diversely adopted lies in the unique way that Gramsci formulated the 'problematics' of structure/superstructure, coercion/consensus, materialism/idealism and regression/progression within the concept hegemony. However, in much of the contemporary literature the full complexity of hegemony is either obfuscated or ignored.

Hegemony, through comprehensive and systematic analyses of Gramsci's formulation, a picture of hegemony as a complex syncretism of these dichotomies. In other words, hegemony is presented as a concept that is as much about aspiration and progressive politico-social relations as it is about regressive and dominative processes. Thus, the volume recognises and presents this complexity through a selection of contemporary theoretical as well as historico-social investigations that mark a significantly innovative moment in the work on hegemony.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> History & Theory

Hegemony: Studies in Consensus and Coercion
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 05/2008
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 256 pages

ISBN 10: 1135916322
ISBN 13: 9781135916329
Print ISBN: 9780415955447

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