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Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

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Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking. It investigates the centrality of ideology both as a political phenomenon and as an organizing framework of political thought and action. It explores the changing understandings of ideology as a concept, and the arguments of the main ideologies. By employing the ...
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Overview


Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking. It investigates the centrality of ideology both as a political phenomenon and as an organizing framework of political thought and action. It explores the changing understandings of ideology as a concept, and the arguments of the main ideologies. By employing the latest insights from a range of disciplines, the reader is introduced to the vitality and force of a crucial resource at the disposal of societies, through which sense and purpose is assigned to the political world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192802811
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 587,701
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Freeden is Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Director of its Centre for Political Ideologies, and is Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

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1 Should ideologies be ill-reputed? 1
2 Overcoming illusions: how ideologies came to stay 12
3 Ideology at the crossroads of theory 31
4 The struggle over political language 45
5 Thinking about politics: the new boys on the block 67
6 The clash of the Titans: the macro-ideologies 78
7 Segments and modules: the micro-ideologies 94
8 Discursive realities and surrealities 103
9 Stimuli and responses: seeing and feeling ideology 114
10 Conclusion: why politics can't do without ideology 122
References and further reading 129
Index 135
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