Ideology

Ideology

Ideology

Ideology

Synopsis

The concept of ideology is notoriously elusive, and yet - at the same time - it is fundamental to the whole of social science. For to study ideology is to ask such questions as: where do our ideas about society and politics come from? Are such ideas socially determined? If so, what validity can they claim? In this brief yet comprehensive introduction, Professor McLellan looks at the origins of the concept of ideology, analyses its use in the Marxist and non-Marxist traditions, and assesses the various uses to which it has been put in recent social and political theory, particularly the connection between ideology and the 'end of history' debate. This is a book for all those interested in a clear presentation of the most basic concept in the philosophy of the social sciences. This second edition has been revised and updated and a new chapter on Ideology and the 'End of History' has been added.

Excerpt

This small book is intended to be no more than the briefest of introductions to an extremely slippery subject. The topic is as wide as it is fundamental to the social sciences and I am well aware of my being able merely to touch the surface. But I hope at least to stimulate the reader's interest and I have therefore added a detailed list of further reading and an extensive bibliography. I am grateful to Jean Gil, Gabrielle McLellan, Stephanie McLellan, Gay Mitchell, and Keith Webb who have all helped to improve the book.

David McLellan . . .

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