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'The Realisation Of Hegemony'

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The assumptions examined are concerned on the conceptual determination of Gramsci's theory of hegemony. This chapter confronts the assumptions that are equally theoretical, but of a different order. The first two assumptions involved the reduction of Gramsci's thought to well known motifs drawn from the most venerable traditions in the history of Western political philosophy; they thereby distanced Gramsci from the political debates of the international workers' movement in the 1920s and 1930s to which his concepts were a direct response. The final two assumptions take one step forward in order to go two steps backwards. That is, these assumptions, more historical than conceptual in nature, assimilate Gramsci to one or another of the conflicting tendencies of the early years of the Third International. The actuality of Gramsci's thought today lies precisely in the extent to which his proposals remain solitary-including in our own time.

Keywords: Gramsci; hegemony



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