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By Hagen Schulz-Forberg

Members to this quantity discover the altering thoughts of the social and the commercial in the course of a interval of primary switch throughout Asia. They problem approved causes of the way Western wisdom unfold via Asia and exhibit how flexible Asian intellectuals have been in introducing ecu techniques and in mixing them with neighborhood traditions.

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Both terms implied that society and market were new dimensions distinct from state (a political community with legal authority) and nation (a cultural community based on ethnic homogeneity). Society was regarded as a field in which diverse subjectivities struggled with one another, each for their own goals. In the newspaper Mansebo, the difference between state and society was explained in a series of articles that characterized a society as predicated upon inequality in occupation and property.

During the Cold War, for example, a conscious struggle over the meaning of concepts took place; both ideological camps occupied the same concepts – freedom, democracy, human rights, etc. – and also, obviously, very consciously struggled over the semantics of the social and the economic. The two systems of meaning – the liberal and the socialist – ensured that the semantics of the respective other came straight from the devil’s toolbox. Planning, as proven by rational choice theory,45 became an unnatural practice in the eyes of Western scholars and politicians.

Hegemony is thus striven for within the confines of a discursive setting. While convergence suggests a fusion of horizons of meaning, hegemony suggests a predominance of a certain understanding of a concept among a dominant group of actors during and only for a certain period of time. Accordingly, semantic hegemony is never stable. What I call hegemony is similar to Reinhart Koselleck’s notion of Sattelzeit or a transitional period. A Sattelzeit is a period of long-term semantic change during which established meanings are slowly undermined and replaced with new meanings.

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