I just found the CounterHegemony blog and podcast . (Here is the podcast feed: http://counterhegemony.libsyn.org/rss) It’s created by Dan Lesh. To find out just what Hegemony is I listened to his first podcast this morning while walking to work. I’ve heard this word used a lot and thought I had a good understanding of it. But there is always room for more understanding.
I really enjoyed Dan’s causal style and earnest desire to teach people new things. While reading Noam Chomsky books it’s easy to get lost fast if youâ€™re not a super learned academic. So to have someone simply break down complex concepts is great. There is so much new to learn. For example:
Hegemony is the dominance of one group over other groups, with or without the threat of force, to the extent that, for instance, the dominant party can dictate the terms of trade to its advantage; more broadly, cultural perspectives become skewed to favor the dominant group.
That’s just wikipedia’s definition. Go listen to the first episode – Hegemony – to get a better explanation.