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Encyclopedia > Subversion (politics)

Subversion refers to an attempt to overthrow structures of authority, including the state. It is an overturning or uprooting. The word is present in all languages of Latin origin, originally applying to such diverse events as the military defeat of a city. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... In computing, Subversion (SVN) is a version control system (VCS) initiated in 2000 by CollabNet Inc. ... This article is about authority as a concept. ... For other uses, see State (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ...


As early as the 14th century, it was being used in the English language with reference to laws, and in the 15th century came to be used with respect to the realm. The term has taken over from ‘sedition’ as the name for illicit rebellion, though the connotations of the two words are rather different, sedition suggesting overt attacks on institutions, subversion something much more surreptitious, such as eroding the basis of belief in the status quo or setting people against each other. This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... Sedition is a term of law which refers to covert conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order. ... Look up rebellion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For morphological image processing operations, see Erosion (morphology). ... This article is about the English rock band. ...


Subversive activity is the lending of aid, comfort, and moral support to individuals, groups, or organizations that advocate the overthrow of incumbent governments by force and violence. All willful acts that are intended to be detrimental to the best interests of the government and that do not fall into the categories of treason, sedition, sabotage, or espionage are placed in the category of subversive activity. For other uses, see Treason (disambiguation) or Traitor (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sabotage (disambiguation). ... Spy and Secret agent redirect here. ...


Recent writers, in the post-modern and post-structuralist traditions (including, particularly, feminist writers) have prescribed a very broad form of subversion. It is not, directly, the governing realm which should be subverted in their view, but the predominant cultural forces, such as patriarchy, individualism, and scientific rationalism. This broadening of the target of subversion owes much to the ideas of Antonio Gramsci, who stressed that communist revolution required the erosion of the particular form of ‘cultural hegemony’ in any society. Postmodernism (sometimes abbreviated pomo) is a term applied to a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture, which are generally characterized as either emerging from, in reaction to, or superseding, modernism. ... Post-structuralism is a body of work that followed in the wake of structuralism, and sought to understand the Western world as a network of structures, as in structuralism, but in which such structures are ordered primarily by local, shifting differences (as in deconstruction) rather than grand binary oppositions and... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Look up patriarchy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Individualism is a term used to describe a moral, political, or social outlook that stresses human independence and the importance of individual self-reliance and liberty. ... For the scientific journal named Science, see Science (journal). ... In epistemology and in its broadest sense, rationalism is any view appealing to reason as a source of knowledge or justification (Lacey 286). ... Antonio Gramsci (IPA: ) (January 22, 1891 – April 27, 1937) was an Italian writer, politician and political theorist. ... A communist revolution is a proletarian revolution inspired by the ideas of Marxism that aims to replace capitalism with communism, typically with socialism (state or worker ownership over the means of production) as an intermediate stage. ... Cultural hegemony is a concept coined by Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci. ... For other uses, see Society (disambiguation). ...


"Subversion is the illusion that an altered state or mutation of the status quo is a healthy solution to the mass conformity of any society".



A UK-based council communist group in the 1990s was called Subversion. Council communism was a radical Left movement originating in Germany and the Netherlands in the 1920s. ...


Modern uses

At the turn of the millennium, anger at the invasion of public space by advertisers and corporate interests prompted a social movement to subvert corporate advertising, especially the ubiquitous corporate logos that inundate public space. "Subvertising" involves subtly changing posters and advertisements to alter the intended meaning of corporate slogans and logos, usually in an attempt to highlight the company's unethical practices. In this context, the authority figure subverted has ceased to be the state and has become the all-powerful corporation. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... A subvertisement based on the Coca-Cola logo Subvertising refers to the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements in order to make a statement. ... This article is about the South Carolina newspaper; The State is also the name of a 1990s television series and an album by Nickelback. ... For other uses, see Corporation (disambiguation). ...


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  • "Address before the National Association of Manufacturers" on the Soviet military and political threat by Allen Dulles (1959) - lower-middle portion of web page

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Subversion & its linkage to low intensity conflicts, ethnic movements & violence (1622 words)
Exploiting the prevailing dissensions within civil society, subversion involves the polarisation of dissenting elements till such time that peaceful venues of redress to their grievances are perceived as closed by the parties concerned.
Subversion becomes more relevant where the dissenting group/groups form a minority - albeit an influential and/or sizeable one - so that the possibility of a regular separatist national struggle under a full-scale guerrilla warfare strategy is not feasible for such a group.
One, genuine 'racism' where a strong sense of racial identity exists and it is felt that that is not accorded a sufficient degree of cultural and political recognition - as was the case with the Sindhis and Balochis in the sixties and early seventies and with the Bengalis in a pre-1971 Pakistan.
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