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Hegemony

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Hegemony:

Hegemony (pronounced [hə.ˈdʒe.mə.ni (Amer.), hɪ.ˈɡe.mə.ni (Brit.)])[1] (Greek: ἡγεμονία hēgemonía) is a concept that has been used to describe the existence of dominance of one social group over another, such that the ruling group—referred to as a hegemon—acquires some degree of consent from the subordinate, as opposed to dominance purely by force.[2] It is used broadly to mean any kind of dominance, and narrowly to refer to specifically cultural and non-military dominance, as opposed to the related notions of empire and suzerainty.

The processes by which a dominant culture maintains its dominant position: for example, the use of institutions to formalize power; the employment of a bureaucracy to make power seem abstract (and, therefore, not attached to any one individual); the inculcation of the populace in the ideals of the hegomonic group through education, advertising, publication, etc.; the mobilization of a police force as well as military personnel to subdue opposition.

If you want to learn more, you can read the complete article at Wikipedia on Hegemony.

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January 31, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Leadership, News, Political Issues, Relationships, Technical Issue, Words

2 Comments »

  1. heheh message received and understood – i know exactly what you mean

    Comment by amer | January 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. I put the definition in because of the article on American Unipolarity – sometimes I do that when I don’t think people will take the time to look it up! Sharp eye, Amer.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 1, 2008 | Reply


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