Hegemony and Power : Consensus and Coercion in Contemporary Politics
This book provides the first systematic examination of the relationship of hegemony and power. Nine essays delve into the diverse analytical aspects of the two concepts, and an introduction and conclusion by the editors, respectively, forge a synthesis of their theoretical coherence. Hegemony has long existed as a term in political science, international relations, and social theory, but its meaning varies across these fields. While each has developed its own 'local' language games for treating the idea, they all conceptualize hegemony as a form of power. Building on the recent rigorous exposition of power, this book subjects hegemony to a clarifying debate. In doing so, it advances the power debate. Components of the literature assume a relationship between power and hegemony, but no previous work has performed a concentrated and consistent analytical examination of them until now.
- Paperback | 262 pages
- 149.9 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 408.24g
- 30 Aug 2006
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Conceptual Confrontation Part 2 Theoretical Bases of Hegemony and Power Chapter 3 State and Society: The Concept of Hegemony in Gramsci Chapter 4 Power and Hegemony in Social Theory Part 5 Hegemony and Power in International Relations and Political Life Chapter 6 Dilemmas of Operationalizing Hegemony Chapter 7 Hegemony and Power in International Politics Chapter 8 Mars and Venus in the Atlantic Community: Power Dynamics Under Hegemony Part 9 Postmodern and Feminist Appraches to Hegemony and Power Chapter 10 Providing Security: White Western Feminists Protecting "Other" Women Chapter 11 A Critical Naturalist Approach to Power and Hegemony: Analyzing Giving Practices Chapter 12 Does Power Have a Place? Hegemony, Antagonisms, and Radical Politics Chapter 13 Hegemony and the Power to Act Part 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 Dynamics and Complexity in Politics
Hegemony, as the book establishes, is one of the most widely used concepts in the social sciences. It is also one of the most diffusely specified, not only by different disciplinary approaches but also different traditions within and amongst them: from Gramsci the concept has been widely used by neo-Marxists, international relations, social and political scientists, cultural studies, and so on; it has been subject to substantial revisions from Laclau and Mouffe onwards, and it remains central to any understanding of power in the contemporary world. Hegemony and Power provides a masterly key to understanding diverse applications of these absolutely central concepts. -- Stewart Clegg, University of Technology, Sydney
About Mark Haugaard
Mark Haugaard is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at NUI, Galway. Howard H. Lentner is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at City University of New York.