The Hegemony of Common Sense (San Francisco State University Series in Philosophy)

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The Hegemony of Common Sense: Wisdom and Mystification in Everyday Life is a path-breaking synthesis, a unique contribution to the study of class and consciousness. Dean Wolfe Manders revisits a question posed by Sombart a century ago: «Why is there no socialism in the United States of America?» To probe this question, he initiates a multi-method study of capital and class as cultural realities. Class, he contends, is insinuated in the fabric of «everyday-historical» experience, which people process via often contradictory «common sense» categories. Artfully adapting themes from Gramsci, Marx, James, and Mead, Manders explores these categories from several angles. Particularly trenchant is his incisive inquiry into paroemiology, the study of popular sayings.

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"Your book is enormously impressive, truly original as a work of political theory. I know of no other work that explores class and its relationship to popular consciousness in the thoughtful and incisive way you have done. You clearly have read widely among social theorists and drawn from them what is useful for your thesis. I welcome your book especially because there is such a mistaken idea, especially among European intellectuals, but also in this nation, about the apparent lack of class consciousness, the failure to see such consciousness manifested in many different ways. This failure has important consequences for political action, for any strategy for social change."

- Howard Zinn, from correspondence with the author

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The Author: Dean Wolfe Manders received his B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University. He has previously published works both in the United States and Europe. Having taught extensively in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas, he presently teaches primarily at San Francisco State University, and secondarily at the College of San Mateo.

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