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Critical Realism and Hegemony: Hic Rhodus, Hic Saltus.

Jessop, Bob (2003) Critical Realism and Hegemony: Hic Rhodus, Hic Saltus. Journal of Critical Realism, 1 (2). pp. 183-194. ISSN 1572-5138

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    This is a recent contribution to the Routledge series Studies in Critical Realism. Jonathan Joseph, its author, aims to develop Gramsci�s celebrated analysis of hegemony in a critical realist direction by distinguishing analytically between �structural hegemony� and hegemonic projects and then connecting them dialectically. He develops this approach through a critical engagement not only with Gramsci�s work but also with other positions and debates within classical Marxism, Western Marxism, and post-Marxism. The intended result is a �theory of hegemony [that] combines the political moment of agency with the structural nature of social reproduction� (161). He illustrates his arguments with observations on a range of historical conjunctural analyses drawn from classical Marxism (i.e., Lenin and Trotsky) and Western Marxism (notably the Anderson-Nairn thesis on the peculiarities of British development) and, for his contemporary analyses, from the development of Fordism and the state in post-war Britain in the context of globalization. And he concludes with the view that the Leninist theory of the vanguard party can be grounded in a critical realist understanding of the heterogeneity and complexity of capitalist social formations.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Critical Realism
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical realism ; hegemony ; Jonathan Joseph
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
    ID Code: 178
    Deposited By: Professor Bob Jessop
    Deposited On: 07 Jun 2006
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2016 00:09
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