Hegemony In Society

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History has shown that hegemony in America is able to reinforce itself through social consent and the power of mass media, but more recently, has media turned away from the hegemony? Hegemony, as defined by Douglas Kellner, is the “ruling social and cultural forces of domination” (3). In the United States he claims the hegemony to be the white man. Due to this hegemony, the concept of white privilege based on race came about in society. McIntosh compares white privilege to being like “an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks” (193). Omi and Winant define race as “a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different…show more content…
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