A Realist Analysis
Published May 23rd 2002 by Routledge – 256 pages
Hegemony: A Realist Analysis is a new and original approach to this important concept. It presents a theoretical history of the use of hegemony in a range of work starting with a discussion of Gramsci and Russian Marxism and going on to look at more recent applications. It examines the current debates and discusses the new direction to Marx made by Jacques Derrida, before outlining a critical realist/Marxist alternative.
This book employs critical realist philosophy in an explanatory way to help clarify the concept of hegemony and its relation to societal processes. This work contributes to recent debates in social science and political philosophy, developing both the concept of hegemony itself, and the work of critical realism.
'Joseph has many interesting insights to offer on a range of philosophical and theoretical issues and also develops some well directed critiques of alternative accounts of hegemony and class struggle.' - Critical Realism and Hegemony, Bob Jessop
'… a stimulating and much-needed study of a concept and social phenomenon that has recieved too little scholarly attention so far.' - Liliana Pop, Political Studies Review
Part I: a Theoretical History
Part II: Theoretical Questions
Jonathan Joseph teaches social science and philosophy at Goldsmiths College, London, and at The Open University. He has written articles on Marxism, critical realism, hegemony and deconstruction and is on the editorial board of Capital & Class.