Contemporary culture, today’s capitalism - our global information society - is ever-expanding-- is ever more extensive. And yet we seem to be experiencing a parallel phenomenon which can only be characterized as intensive. This book is dedicated to the study of such intensive culture. While extensive culture is a culture of the same: a culture of fixed equivalence; intensive culture is a culture of difference, of in-equivalence – the singular. Intensities generate what we encounter. They are virtuals or possibilities, always in process and always in movement. Lash carefully defines and distinguishes the intensive from the extensive tracking this change through key areas of social life including: SociologyReligionPhilosophy Language Politics Communication  

Intensive Politics: Power after Hegemony

Intensive politics: Power after hegemony

Hegemony is a concept that has been around for a long time. From the beginnings of cultural studies in the 1970s, ‘hegemony’ has been perhaps the pivotal concept in this still emerging discipline. Cultural studies has been perhaps primarily concerned from its outset with the question of power, and it is through hegemony – or an equivalent – that its analysts have understood power to be effective. In what follows I do not want to argue that hegemony is a flawed concept. Indeed, I do not want to argue at all against the concept of hegemony. Hegemony as a concept has, I think, great truth-value. What I want to argue instead is that it has had ...

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