What is Ideology

What is Ideology - What is Ideology? Ideology is, according...

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What is Ideology? Ideology is, according to David McLellan ‘the most elusive concept in the whole of the social sciences’. Its definition is not only elusive, but also controversial – indeed, its meaning will vary considerably depending on who one asks. The word itself dates back to post-revolutionary France and experts still debate whether the term was coined by Antoine Destutt de Tracy, or by the French philosopher de Maistre. Its meaning however has changed dramatically over those two centuries. Originally, ideology was supposed to mean ‘the science of ideas’, which effectively meant the study of the dominant ideas and philosophy of the age. Several meanings have been attached to ideology; some have claimed that ideology is simply a political belief system while others go further to say that it is the world view of a particular social class or group or even an officially sanctioned set of ideas used to legitimize a political system or regime. Karl Marx, 1818-1883, took a rather more critical view of ideology. He declared that ideology was all about delusion and mystification and the whole concept was directly
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What is Ideology - What is Ideology? Ideology is, according...

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