The aesthetic politics of hegemony

Samir Gandesha


In this article, it is argued that Gramsci’s conception of hegemony ought to be located not simply in the theory and praxis of Leninism but also in Gramsci’s read-ing of Machiavelli. By situating such a reading in relation to Nietzsche’s notion of will to power, it is possible to defend Gramsci’s political theory against some of the criticisms leveled by those who decry the “hegemony of hegemony”. Such a reading of the concept of hegemony enables us to understand the idea of “com-mon sense” as oriented towards the distribution and redistribution of the sensible.


Aesthetics; Gramsci; Hegemony

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