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Ideology: An Introduction (Terry Eagleton)

ideology_intro“Nobody has yet come up with a single adequate definition of ideology, and this book will be no exception. This is not because workers in the field are remarkable for their low intelligence, but because the term ‘ideology’ has a whole range of useful meanings. not all of which are compatible with each other. To try to compress this wealth of meaning into a single comprehensive definition would thus be unhelpful even if it were possible. The word ‘ideology’. one might say, is a text, woven of a whole tissue of different conceptual strands; it is traced through by divergent histories. and it is probably more important to assess what is valuable or can be discarded in each of these lineages than to merge them forcibly into some Grand Global Theory.” (from¬†What is Ideology?)

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