How is the present crisis of left-wing thought to be understood? To what extent does it call into the question the idea of social totality that underpinned Marxism and many other socialist theories? Does the concept of hegemony imply a new logic that goes beyond the essentialism of classical Marxist thought?
These are some of the questions that this now seminal book attempts to answer. It traces the genealogy of the present crisis, from the nineteenth-century debates to the contemporary emergence of new forms of struggle, making it a classic text both for understanding hegemony and for focusing on present social struggles and their significance for democratic theory.
1 Hegemony: the Genealogy of a Concept
2 Hegemony: the Difficult Emergence of a New Political Logic
3 Beyond the Positivity of the Social: Antagonisms and Hegemony
4 Hegemony and Radical Democracy
Ernesto Laclau is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Essex. He is the author of, amongst other books, Emancipation(s), New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time and, with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality. His The Populist Reason is forthcoming from Verso. Chantal Mouffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Her previous books include The Return of the Political, The Dimensions of Radical Democracy and The Challenge of Carl Schmitt.
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