What Differences Make A Difference? A Discussion of Hegemony, Resistance and Representation

  • Vlad-Petre Glăveanu London School of Economics and Political Science
Keywords: hegemony, resistance, possibility of difference, alternative representations, geography of thought


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.

Author Biography

Vlad-Petre Glăveanu, London School of Economics and Political Science

VLAD-PETRE GLĂVEANU is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics & Political Science. His current research explored creativity in community contexts and promotes a cultural psychological approach to this phenomenon. Among his interests are also issues related to knowledge and social representations, the psychology of art, child development and qualitative methodologies. He is currently Editor of Europe's Journal of Psychology and his most recent book investigated stereotype representations between Romanians and European Union citizens (published by Lumen, 2008).

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