12. Cracking Hegemony

Gramsci and the Dialectics of Rebellion

  1. Ekers Michael,
  2. Hart Gillian,
  3. Kipfer Stefan and
  4. Loftus Alex
  1. Jim Glassman

Published Online: 16 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295588.ch12

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics

How to Cite

Michael, E., Gillian, H., Stefan, K. and Alex, L. (2012) Cracking Hegemony, in Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295588.ch12

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444339710

Online ISBN: 9781118295588



  • Americanism;
  • Fordism;
  • Gramsci;
  • hegemony;
  • rebellion


If one wishes to explain not how the subaltern accommodate but, rather, how they rebel, one typically sets Antonio Gramsci aside. Instead of leaving Gramsci behind in order to explain rebellion, this chapter argues that rebellion can be read precisely through a Gramscian framework that foregrounds conceptions such as hegemony. It selectively mines several texts – most especially Gramsci's essay “Americanism and Fordism” – for usable insights that illustrate the enabling conditions for rebellion that exist within contexts of hegemony. The major purpose of the chapter is to show that a conception of the capacity for rebellion need not and should not steer clear of Gramscian perceptions regarding hegemony, as has been the case for various approaches on the intellectual Left in recent decades.