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Ideology : A Very Short Introduction - Michael Freeden


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 26th June 2003
ISBN: 9780192802811
Number Of Pages: 160

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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 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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`This book, though physically small, is large in intellectual stature...For students of politics or lay readers wishing to know about ideology, one could not wish for a better text. It is a splendid model of consicison and clarity...an excellent little book that provides the best introduction available to the 'concept of ideology.' It is to be highly recommended.' Andrew Vincent, Contemporary Political Theory

List of illustrationsp. ix
Should ideologies be ill-reputed?p. 1
Overcoming illusions: how ideologies came to stayp. 12
Ideology at the crossroads of theoryp. 31
The struggle over political languagep. 45
Thinking about politics: the new boys on the blockp. 67
The clash of the Titans: the macro-ideologiesp. 78
Segments and modules: the micro-ideologiesp. 94
Discursive realities and surrealitiesp. 103
Stimuli and responses: seeing and feeling ideologyp. 114
Conclusion: why politics can't do without ideologyp. 122
References and further readingp. 129
Indexp. 135
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ISBN: 9780192802811
ISBN-10: 019280281X
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th June 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 17.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.13

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