From Hegemony to Governmentality: Changing Conceptions of Power in Social History

  title={From Hegemony to Governmentality: Changing Conceptions of Power in Social History},
  author={Simon Gunn},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={705 - 720}
  • S. Gunn
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Social History
In the 1960s and 1970s the emergent domain of social history was marked by a reconceptualisation of the concept of power. The dimensions of power and its operations were no longer understood to be confined to elite institutions such as parliament, but extended to the relations and institutions of everyday life. In the process, social historical writing helped to redefine the notion of the political itself. Since this early phase a number of different conceptions of power have been utilised by… 

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