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Williams's term for one of three categories of cultural forms or codes that coexist within a society at any particular moment in history, the emergent form reflecting new subcultural institutions, traditions, styles, movements, social forces, values, practices, and identities (though it can be difficult to distinguish what is genuinely emergent from what is merely novel). Emergent subcultures express structures of feeling that may be neglected, ignored, marginalized, denied, opposed, repressed, or not even recognized by the dominant culture, which nevertheless selectively incorporates aspects of these subcultures in order to maintain its hegemony. He also refers to pre-emergent forms that have not yet fully taken shape. See also cultural materialism; dominant forms; residual forms.

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