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The Rise and Collapse of Finance-War Hegemony: As Antonio Gramsci Defined its Rise and as Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Spells its Collapse

Irawan, Poppy (2011) The Rise and Collapse of Finance-War Hegemony: As Antonio Gramsci Defined its Rise and as Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Spells its Collapse. Masters thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

This is a breakthrough in the study of Antonio Gramsci’s (1891–1937) political thought, in its comparison with a leading Malaysia statesman named Mahathir Mohamad (1925-), as well as linking them to International Political Economy dynamics. The purpose of this study is to draw rich access to Gramsci’s pre-Prison Notebooks and his articulation on the historical trajectory of connections of finance capital and war as the basis of the emerging Anglo-Saxon world hegemony. It covers Gramsci’s lifetime and to the current era. It identifies the contradiction within the Neoliberal historical bloc; and the potential of Mahathir-initiated movement in organizing a new form of counter-hegemony as a new historical bloc. The study employs the qualitative research method underpinning the dialectics of Gramscian epistemology of ‘philosophy of praxis’. There are two major assertions of Mahathir’s counter-hegemony; first is the construction of a Gold Dinar historical bloc; and second is the movement to Criminalize War. These movements are considered as Gramscian war of position toward the formation of a new form of alternative historical bloc. Although these movements remain at an early stage, they offer the possibility of change in the prevailing world order.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony, War of Position, Historical Bloc, Finance Capital, Gold Dinar, Criminalize Wars, International Political Economy.
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies (COLGIS)
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 00:48
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 02:40
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3385

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