Andrew Calabrese and Marco Briziarelli

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online February 2011 | | DOI:


The term “hegemony” refers to a socially determined category that describes mechanisms and dynamics associated with power, and which is grounded in historically situated social practice. Hegemony accounts for the social power of one class over the others as a combination of leadership and domination. However, such power is never completely attained, since hegemony also accounts for the unresolved tension between dominant and alternative ideologies. Like many other important concepts used to describe aspects of the modern condition, hegemony represents a key point of departure, passage, and arrival for much of contemporary social and political theory. The concept has been used since the time of the ancient Greek polis, but contemporary accounts of hegemony most often rely on the thought of one of the 20th century’s most influential social philosophers: Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci’s imprint is so strong that it remains either explicitly referenced or implicitly inscribed in nearly all contemporary analyses that employ the idea of hegemony, which is evident below.

Article.  6655 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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