Ideology: An Introduction

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Ideology has never been so much in evidence as a fact and so little understood as a concept as it is today. From the left it can often be seen as the exclusive property of ruling classes, and from the right as an arid and totalizing exception to their own common sense. For some, the concept now seems too ubiquitous to be meaningful; for others, too cohesive for a world of infinite difference.
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Overview

Ideology has never been so much in evidence as a fact and so little understood as a concept as it is today. From the left it can often be seen as the exclusive property of ruling classes, and from the right as an arid and totalizing exception to their own common sense. For some, the concept now seems too ubiquitous to be meaningful; for others, too cohesive for a world of infinite difference.
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In an age marked by sharp ideological conflict, many postmodernists have declared ideology dead. To explore this paradox, Marxist critic Eagleton analyzes the slippery and often contradictory conceptions of ideology, tracing them through their various permutations from Destutt de Tracy, through Marx and Lukacs, to assorted postmodernists. Rejecting those views that reduce ideology to consciousness at one extreme, or social practices at the other, Eagleton argues that it should be understood in terms of a complex set of effects in discourse. In this way he preserves it as a way of analyzing social practice while avoiding the implicit nihilism of the postmodernists. The argument is compelling, marked by Eagleton's characteristic clarity, wit, and cogency.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
San Francisco Review of Books
“An impressive, daunting work... a considerable accomplishment.”
Guardian
“Witty, lucid, and powered by that stinging, militant, ironising intelligence which distinguishes Eagleton's work.”
The Nation
“Eagleton is a combative, fiercely articulate and witty Marxist literary critic.”
Times Higher Education Supplement
“Excellent and engaging... Eagleton is informative, witty and wise.”
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“An impressive, daunting work ... a considerable accomplishment.”—San Francisco Review of Books

“Witty, lucid, and powered by that stinging, militant, ironising intelligence which distinguishes Eagleton’s work.”—Guardian

“Eagleton is a combative, fiercely articulate and witty Marxist literary critic.”—The Nation

“Excellent and engaging ... Eagleton is informative, witty and wise.”—Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860915386
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow, University of Manchester. His other books include Ideology; The Function of Criticism; Heathcliff and the Great Hunger; Against the Grain; Walter Benjamin; and Criticism and Ideology, all from Verso.

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Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Part One: The Classical Tradition Part Two: Althusser and After Part Three: Modern Debates Further Reading Index

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