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On Ideology-Critique Critically

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This chapter begins with the indication of some elementary &t;demarcating&t; features that characterise the Marxian understanding of ideology as distinct from many contemporary uses of this term. First of all, it needs to be emphasised that Karl Marx applied the term "ideology" exclusively to works of culture in the narrow, value-marked sense of this word. Ideology is not synonymous in Marx with the historical situatedness, determination or perspectivity of ideas in general, which is also true, as he well knows, of the theories of the natural sciences. In general, one could argue that the distinction between these two types and concepts of ideology expresses no more than the difference between the cultural representation of &t;momentary&t; historically concrete and local versus the generalised, historically long-term and fundamental social interests.

Keywords: cultural analysis; ideology; Marx's social theory



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