Gramsci said

One’s critical self-awareness occurs . . . through a struggle of political ‘hegemonies,’of contrasting directions, first in the realm of ethics, then in politics, arriving at a superior elaboration of one’s conception of the real. To be conscious of being part of a specific hegemonic force (that is, political consciousness) is the first phase toward a further and progressive self-awareness in which theory and practice finally become one . . . the unity of theory and practice is therefore not a mechanical, predetermined fact, but a process of historical becoming. [Gramsci: Quaderni del carcere Vol.II]

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