Definition and Elements of Ideological Analysis-1

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Ideological Analysis Definition An ideology is a system of beliefs or values. An ideological analysis examines evidence of a writer’s ideology in the rhetorical choices made in the text, which includes language choices, underlying values and assumptions, and approaches to topics. The main premise of ideological analysis is that writers cannot separate themselves from the context of their beliefs and values. Therefore, all writing proceeds from and is infused with the writer’s prevailing ideology(ies). Unlike Aristotelian analysis, ideological analysis focuses more on the writer than on the intended audience or the topic. Even though one part of an ideological analysis might be to examine the relationship of the author to the audience, the focus remains on the author’s attitude toward the audience and assumptions about that audience’s ideological stance(s). To begin understanding ideological analysis, try doing the following exercise. First think about the various groups you belong to and what the underlying values of those groups are. Answer the following questions to discover those values and the ideological
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2010 for the course ENGL engl 102 taught by Professor Sa during the Spring '10 term at UAA.

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