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What is cultural hegemony?

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The best definition I have heard of cultural hegemony is that it is the art of getting people to "participate in their own oppression."  Marxists argue that the ruling class achieves cultural hegemony by getting the other classes to do this.

According to Marxist thinking, the dominant class puts forward a set of ideals that it portrays as beneficial to all people.  An example of this would be the American ideal of...

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