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Title: The Plural Temporalities of Hegemony
Authors: Thomas, PD
Keywords: Louis Althusser;Antonio Gramsci;Historical time;Plural temporalities;Hegemony
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Rethinking Marxism: a journal of economics, culture and society,(2016)
Abstract: Louis Althusser’s critique of Gramsci’s ‘absolute historicism’ was the occasion for the elaboration of a distinctive notion of plural historical temporalities or times. In this article, I argue, first, that Althusser’s theory of plural historical temporalities should be understood as integrally linked to his critique both of structuralism and of theories of the subject. Second, I argue that, Althusser’s early criticisms notwithstanding, Gramsci can be understood to have elaborated a consistently non-formalist notion of constitutive temporal plurality, particularly with his notion of ‘prevision’ as a method of political work. Rather than culminating in a figure of temporal synchronisation, hegemonic politics should instead be thought as a mode of intervention that valorises, rather than negates, the ‘non-presence of the present’, or constitutive non-contemporaneity, as the fundamental condition of revolutionary politics.
ISSN: 1475-8059
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