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Gramsci -religion and hegemony 1971

- intereted in how the ruling class maintain their control over society through the use of ideas rather than simply through coercion (force). He uses the term 'hegemony' to refer to the way that the ruling class are able to use ideas such as religion to maintain control. By hegemony, Gramsci means ideological domination or leadership of society. When hegemony is established, the ruling class can rely on popular consent to their rule so there is less need for coercion.

Religion and class conflict- Billings 1990 appliesgramsci's ideas in a case study comparing class struggle in two…


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