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This volume responds to the recent explosion of interest and research on hegemony in the social, economic, and political sciences. However, its approach to hegemony differs from that which is evident in much of the literature. First, it is an approach that recognises the 'complex' nature of hegemony at both the theoretical and empirical levels. Second, it applies this complexity to the Asia-Pacific region because it, more than any other region in the world, has and continues to experience momentous changes at the social, economic, and political levels. However, while the operation of hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region has attracted investigation and discussion, most of this work presents a picture of regional economic, social, and political operations as becoming ossified to Occidental or, more specifically, US domination within a zero-sum game. This obfuscates the many sociohistorical antagonisms within the hegemonic process. This volume will present theory illustrated by empirical case studies that highlight these antagonisms to show that hegemony is never simply domination but a far more complex operation of coercion and consensus.