Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

Ideology A Very Short Introduction 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

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  • Title: Ideology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Michael Freeden
  • ISBN: 9780192802811
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 thoughtIdeology 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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    1. Ideology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #95), Michael FreedenIdeology 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 under [...]

    2. Neat. Had my high-school students read chapters one, two and six before we got started on political ideologies. Made for wonderful discussion material for the seminar. Freeden in da house!

    3. Although this book brings up some interesting points the overly complex language makes this book more of a slog.

    4. 2,5 stars. Some ideas were interesting and stimulating, and I liked Freeden's (very intelligent and well argued) critique of nigh-nihilist poststructuralist theories of ideology and discourse analysis. But Freeden's style of writing is dense and clunky and unnatural, and I had to re-read literally every other sentence, usually not because the stuff discussed was too hard to understand (although there was some of that, too), but because the syntax and vocabulary and the analogies and metaphors we [...]

    5. Michael Freeden provides a concise overview of the main writings on ideology in the social sciences (e.g. Marx, Durkheim, Gramsci, Althusser). Taking a functionalist approach to ideology, he identifies various features of ideologies. The core of the booklet is devoted to outlaying his own morphological approach, focused on the 'core' and 'peripheral' concepts of ideologies, and distinguishing between thin (or micro) and thick (or macro) ideologies. The book is largely written for a broader audie [...]

    6. Great condensation, though not sure if a good 'introduction'. While reading I noticed my mind raced to supply me with mental footnotes on connections, expositions, historical details. Great for framing and revision, but prior knowledge might be necessary.

    7. If one manages his way through the dense literary style of Freeden (pretty usual for the Very Short Introduction series), one finds this book highly useful as an introduction to the concept of ideology.

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