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Studies in Consensus and Coercion, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard Howson, Kylie Smith


244 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Hegemony and the Operation of Consensus and Coercion Richard Howson and Kylie Smith 2. Hegemony in the Pre-Prison Context Richard Howson 3. Hegemony: Political and Linguistic Sources for Gramsci’s Concept of Hegemony Derek Boothman 4. Hegemony and the Elaboration of the Process of Subalternity Hiroshi Matsuda and Koichi Ohara 5. Hegemony, Language and Popular Wisdom in the Asia-Pacific Alastair Davidson 6. Hegemony and Power in Gramsci Benedetto Fontana 7. Hegemony, Subalternity and Subjectivity in Early Industrial Sydney Kylie Smith 8. Hegemony, Imperialism and Colonial Labour Andrew Wells 9. Hegemony, Education and Subalternity in Colonial Papua New Guinea Charles Hawksley 10. The World Bank and Neo-Liberal Hegemony in Vietnam Susan Engel 11. Hegemony, Globalisation and Neoliberalism: The Case of West Bengal, India Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase and Timothy J. Scrase 12. Hegemony and the Neoliberal Historical Bloc: The Australian Experience Damien Cahill 13. Hegemony, Japan and the Victor’s Memory of War Yoko Harada

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes