The Dissolution of Trust: Coercion and Chicago’s Integral State
This chapter examines the coercive side of hegemony. Drawing on the work of Jonathan Davies, the chapter begins with a discussion of Gramsci’s notion of the integral state to argue that it is a necessary component of hegemony. In the Chicago context, coercion is used to provide cover for the “soft-power” matrix of neoliberal education reform as well as to ensure the containment of those who are antagonistic to these goals. The use of coercion acts to dissolve the trust necessary to maintain a democratic society as some communities (of color) are sacrificed in the name of reform so that other communities can flourish. Despite the use of coercion, however, there remain many spaces in which neoliberal hegemony as it relates to education can be actively and successfully contested.
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