Glăveanu, Vlad Petre
What differences make a difference?: a discussion of hegemony, resistance and representation.
Papers on social representations, 18
This article discusses the relationship between hegemony and resistance using the framework of the social representations
theory (SRT). It starts by describing hegemony and resistance as dyadic processes that emerge from the work of representation
and shows how SRT encompasses both the hegemonic nature of representations and their potential to transform by presenting
empirical studies of gender and race. In the second part of the article an explanation of hegemony and resistance from a social
representations perspective is developed, one centred around notions of similarity, consensus, "possibility of difference" and
alternative representations. In the end, an analogy between systems of representation and geographical environments is made
in order to emphasise the dynamic nature of the forces that shape our social life.
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