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Hegemony Studies in Consensus and Coercion

Edited By Richard Howson, Kylie Smith Copyright 2008
    256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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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.

    Introduction: Hegemony and the Asia-Pacific Richard Howson and Kylie Smith  Part 1: Theoretical Approaches  Hegemony, Commonsense and Communication Alastair Davidson  Hegemony and Power Benedetto Fontana  Hegemony and the Ethico-Political Richard Howson  Hegemony and the Subaltern Koichi Ohara and Matsuda Hiroshi  Part 2: Neoliberalism  Hegemony, Neoliberalism and the Historic Bloc Damien Cahill  Hegemony and the World Bank in Vietnam Susan Engel  Hegemony, (Neo)-Liberalisation and the Subaltern Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase & Timothy J. Scrase  Part 3: Subalternity  Hegemony, Subalternity and the Creation of a New Human Subject Kylie Smith  Hegemony, Colonialism and the Subaltern Andrew Wells  Hegemony, Education and Subalternity Charles Hawkesley  Part 4: National-Popular  Hegemony and the Construction of Commodo-Normativity Ben Maddison  Hegemony and the Other Yoko Harada  Hegemony and Indonesian Masculinities Mike Donaldson and Richard Howson


    Richard Howson lectures at the University of Wollongong in social theory, gender and social policy. His research interests include Gramscian theory, postmarxist theory and masculinities culture and practice.

    Kylie Smith completed her PhD in the School of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong. She teaches in sociology, history and politics, and has published in the areas of critical /social theory, hegemony and Australian history. She is a founding member of the Gramsci Society Asia Pacific and of the Hegemony Research Group.