chapter  3
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"I must admit, I didn’t freely admit it”: Explaining the Choice

The distinguishing characteristic of hegemonic ideologies is that they require no proof or argument; their validity is assumed, understood, and ratified by convention, norms, and accepted bounds of respectable discourse. Thus, those who challenge this dominant set of ideas are typically the ones who must bear the burden of proof, a bur­ den that, in this setting, actually defies argumentation and evidence.