From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "The term hegemony describes the process whereby ideas, structures, and actions come to be seen by the majority of people as wholly natural, preordained, and working for their own good, when in fact they are constructed and transmitted by powerful minority interests to protect the status quo that serves those interest."
Antonio Gramsci (January 22, 1891 – April 27, 1937) was an Italian writer, politician and Marxist political theorist. A founding member and onetime leader of the Communist Party of Italy, he was imprisoned by Mussolini's Fascist regime. His writings are heavily concerned with the analysis of culture. He is renowned for his concept of cultural hegemony as a means of maintaining the state in a capitalist society.