Not throwing the baby out with the bathwater: A Gramscian response to post-hegemony

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This article offers a Gramscian response to the theory of post-hegemony, suggesting that its rejection of Gramsci rests on misrepresentations of his work. Through a closer engagement with this work, the article outlines the ways in which Gramscian analysis can in fact complement the insights of post-hegemony in analysing the ways in which the social order is secured and the strategies of resistance to this order. This combination of Gramscian and post-hegemonic insights, the article argues, offers a more nuanced and comprehensive insight into power, radical politics and resistance in the twenty-first century, an insight which risks being lost in post-hegemony's rejection of Gramsci and his work. The utility of this combined approach is illustrated via four short vignettes from contemporary Latin America: the emergence of the student protest movement in Chile since 2011; the Caracazo in Venezuela; the Argentine crisis in 2001; and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-502
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • post-hegemony
  • Gramsci
  • consent
  • the multitude
  • counter-hegemony
  • Latin America

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