Post Hegemony Ch. 1 notes
By hegemony I mean the notion, derived from the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, that the sate
maintains its dominance (and that of social and economic elites) thanks to the consent of those
it dominates. Where it does not win consent, this theory suggests, the state resorts to coercion.
Habit, affect, and the multitude are the three components of a theory of post-hegemony
-habit: regular and repetitive actions; affect: the power to create change; multitude: the coming
together to increase affect
Hegemony, in fact, is primary: for Gramsci, power is grounded in consent, and force is
employed only secondary.
-Historical example: Requerimiento by Juan Lopez Palacios Rubios in 1512/1513. It was
to be r