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Laclau’s Theory of Hegemony: Between Sociocultural Politics and a Political Economy of Citizenship

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Peru in Theory

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Iarrived at Laclau’s work toward the end of a study on the radical discontinuity in Peruvian education policies through reflections on the process of policy discourse formation in Peru. While Laclau’s discourse theory and his elaboration of the notion of hegemony seemed relevant to explain certain aspects of that phenomenon, such as the hegemonic nature of policy discourses, many questions emerged about the theory’s explanatory reach. There seemed to be, in Peru, certain characteristics of the process of discourse formation that inhibited analyses in terms of hegemony. But these were just some initial insights into the theory. Some years later, as I embarked on a study of citizenship and marginalization, I turned my gaze back to Laclau.

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Balarin, M. (2014). Laclau’s Theory of Hegemony: Between Sociocultural Politics and a Political Economy of Citizenship. In: Drinot, P. (eds) Peru in Theory. Studies of the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137455260_6

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