Ideology and Modern Culture: Critical Social Theory in the Era of Mass Communication

Ideology and Modern Culture: Critical Social Theory in the Era of Mass Communication

by John B. Thompson
     
 

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In this major new work, Thompson develops an original account of ideology and relates it to the analysis of culture and mass communication in modern Societies.

Thompson offers a concise and critical appraisal of major contributions to the theory of ideology, from Marx and Mannheim, to Horkheimer, Adorno and Habermas. He argues that these thinkers - and social and

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In this major new work, Thompson develops an original account of ideology and relates it to the analysis of culture and mass communication in modern Societies.

Thompson offers a concise and critical appraisal of major contributions to the theory of ideology, from Marx and Mannheim, to Horkheimer, Adorno and Habermas. He argues that these thinkers - and social and political theorists more generally - have failed to deal adequately with the nature of mass communication and its role in the modern world. In order to overcome this deficiency, Thompson undertakes a wide-ranging analysis of the development of mass communication, outlining a distinctive social theory of the mass media and their impact.

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“This is a pathbreaking work which will undoubtedly become one of the fundamental texts in the theory of ideology.”—William Outhwaite, University of Sussex

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745668765
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
370
Sales rank:
1,119,905
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

His previous books include Critical Hermeneutics: A Study in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur and Jurgen Habermas (1981) and Studies in the Theory of Ideology (Polity, 1984).

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