Women and Film

Women and Film

Women and Film

Women and Film

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Ideology, as Althusser has argued in his rereading of Marx, is less the palpably false representation of a manifestly true state of affairs than the true state of affairs itself. This is ideology, nor are we out of it; it belongs to the air that we breathe. From a critical and theoretical point of view, it may very well be the case that the representational systems (sociopolitical discourses, images, moral and religious beliefs, and myths) that we call ideology are but distorted or inverted accounts of the real relations in which people live. Yet these fictitious orders are the ones in terms of which people (families, groups, classes, societies, nations) both experience and understand their relationships to those real relations. Ideology, we might say, is an operative or material reality, a largely unreflected condition of being and acting in the everyday world, as opposed to being a collection of voluntarily held and consciously accessible "ideas." Individual historical subjects neither . . .

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