Cover Hegemony
series "Universale Paperbacks il Mulino"
pp. 184, Brossura, 978-88-15-29202-5
publication year 2021



From Homer to Gender Studies

The idea of “hegemony” is widely used in many humanities and social science fields, with a broad variety of meanings. In its general sense of dominance of one side over another, on the basis of a combination of power and relatively spontaneous consent, the concept has been with us for over a thousand years. Hegemony emerges with the city-states of ancient Greece, spans the centuries (at times in surreptitious ways) and continues to be pertinent even now – largely due to the worldwide impact of the works of Antonio Gramsci, the 20th century thinker who employed the concept extensively. This book provides a detailed overview of hegemony, in which it is no longer juxtaposed against other categories of the political lexicon (such as democracy, empire, or dictatorship) but rather intimately entangled with them.

Giuseppe Cospito teaches History of Philosophy at the University of Pavia.

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I. L’origine greca
1. In principio era il verbo
2. Tra storia e politica
3. Filosofi e medici
II. La lunga eclissi in età romana
1. Dittatura vs egemonia?
2. Egemonia e impero
3. Sopravvivenze egemoniche
III. Peripezie del concetto tra Medioevo ed età moderna
1. Un Medioevo senza egemonia?
2. Egemonia e modernità
3. Traduzioni e interpretazioni
IV. La ricomparsa del termine nell’Ottocento
1. Egemonia nei dizionari europei
2. L’egemonia prussiana…
3. … e quella piemontese
V. Il dibattito marxista
1. Marx e Engels
2. La Seconda Internazionale e il marxismo occidentale
3. Il dibattito bolscevico
VI. Il concetto di egemonia in Gramsci
1. L’egemonia negli scritti precedenti il carcere
2. I Quaderni: egemonia e società civile
3. Classi, intellettuali e partito: egemonia e democrazia
VII. L’egemonia dopo Gramsci
1. L’egemonia in Italia e in Francia (1948-75)
2. Egemonie angloamericane (anni Sessanta- Novanta)
3. America Latina, India e mondo arabo: dalla subalternità all’egemonia?
Conclusioni. L’egemonia oggi
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