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Hegemony, Coercion, and Their Teeth-Grinding Harmony: A Commentary on Power, Culture, and Sexuality in Franco's Spain

32 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2007  

Tayyab Mahmud

Seattle University School of Law - Center for Global Justice

Ratna Kapur

School of Law, Queen Mary University of London

Abstract

Co-authored with Ratna Kapur, this commentary engages the interrelationship of hegemony and coercion in legal regimes of the modern state. Against the backdrop of regulation of sexuality in fascist Spain, we posit a model of modern state power that draws upon the work of Gramsci, Althusser, and Foucault. It is argued that ideology is the velvet glove that encases the iron fist of coercion, and law always combines coercion and ideology by its very structure and operation. A bridge between critical race theory and queer theory is located in the concept of racing seen as the modern technology of power whereby domination is exercised and legitimated on grounds of professed biological, natural, and immutable deficiencies of the subordinated. Practices of subaltern resistance are identified to search locations and scope of spaces where agency of the subordinated can unfold.

Keywords: Franco's Spain, hegemony, Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, queer theory, racing, subaltern, bio-power, governmentality

JEL Classification: K 10, K 33, K 19, K 30, K 40, K 49

Suggested Citation

Mahmud, Tayyab and Kapur, Ratna, Hegemony, Coercion, and Their Teeth-Grinding Harmony: A Commentary on Power, Culture, and Sexuality in Franco's Spain. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2000; Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 5, No. 995, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=993903

Tayyab Mahmud (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law - Center for Global Justice ( email )

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P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Ratna Kapur

School of Law, Queen Mary University of London ( email )

Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
United Kingdom

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