Cultural Hegemony: The Ideas And Types Of Culture

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Culture is an essential part of every human being. People can fall under the category of one culture or they can fall under many. Values derived from culture tend to reflect in an individual’s or a society’s understanding of what is wrong and right. In culture, there are many significant features. Some are material, such as food and clothing, and non-material, such as beliefs and ideas. These material and non-material objects help to push people into powerful roles and they maintain the power. With the power these people then have a strong influence on the beliefs and ideas of the lower people. They have the ability to alter and change their beliefs at any time and most times, they follow along with it. These ideas and thoughts have been in place for many decades, since cultural theorists, such as Marx and Habermas, began explaining them. They have been a thought for decades…show more content…
A major one that is followed is Pop culture, which is a strong example of cultural hegemony. Hegemony is defined as the control of a culturally diverse society by a powerful upper class, who is able to change the culture of the society. Karl Marx was a strong believer in this topic. He stated and stressed how the culture and beliefs of the ruling class become the universally accepted cultural norms. When looking back on history, we see this happening mainly between states or countries where one has an massive amount of power versus the other. Throughout history, the definition has changed and we now think of it as one group of people having more over others within the same society. In American society today, the wealthy class tends to show their hegemony over the poor class. This results from the ability of the rich to use their money to alter many aspects of society, starting with the government. This started in the Ancient times and is still occurring frequently in today's
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