Meaning of cultural hegemony in English:

cultural hegemony


  • Cultural dominance or ascendancy; the predominance of a particular set of cultural norms; specifically (in Marxist theory) the cultural domination of a society by a ruling class which imposes or inculcates its own ideas, values, etc., thereby ensuring acceptance of the status quo by other classes.

    In Marxist theory, chiefly associated with Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937).


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Young India.