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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Both the bourgeois ideology and the proletarian false consciousness are products of particular social relations present in capitalism.
▪ The Left Book Club was serving to publicize Communist ideology.
▪ Underground churches and unorthodox sects are gaining in popularity as Communist ideology loses its appeal.
▪ Equally it is to be welcomed that two major attempts have been made to address the general nature of Conservative ideology.
▪ If the arguments are correct, then involving oneself with correctionalism is an act of commitment to pro-capitalist, conservative ideology.
▪ This, then is a micro-reductive version of the dominant ideology thesis.
▪ Clearly dominant ideologies are not equivalent to public opinion since the former are connected with power and may override local concerns.
▪ As the school curriculum is usually determined by the dominant ideology in society at present, a multicultural approach has low status.
▪ Paradoxically, community councils are an insidious form of planning since they stem indirectly from the dominant ideology.
▪ Their purpose is to activate local debate but on terms laid down by the dominant ideology.
▪ Perhaps only by attacking the dominant ideology can it be transformed since action groups may stimulate a rethinking of the situation.
▪ In other words, the dominant ideology carries the day. 4.
▪ These are key ideas in the dominant ideology of patriarchy which have much wider currency and impact than in penology.
▪ The revolutionary Marxist ideology adopted by the intelligentsia began to merge with the working-class movement.
▪ Its historical importance in the development of modern ideology has come from its unique claim to explain experience, however eccentrically.
▪ These forces intersected at that crucial site for modern ideology, the family, which they both helped to build and sustain.
▪ Minimum government intervention was the new ideology.
▪ The causes are to be found in the interactions of new technologies and new ideologies.
▪ There could be a war or there could be the epidemic spread of a new ideology.
▪ Several factors contributed to the appeal of the new ideology.
▪ Regardless of official ideologies our culture is therefore, by my judgement, less feminist than it was thirty years ago.
▪ But panslavism had little practical effect on policy: it was a matter of popular mood rather than of official ideology.
▪ He suggested that each family type is linked to particular ideology.
▪ Some of these conflicts can be identified with particular ideologies.
▪ At another level this also happens when we commit ourselves to a particular religion or ideology.
▪ Local authorities whose members believe that their particular ideologies should be furthered through schools have added their own ingredients.
▪ A political ideology, then, should be viewed as an abridgement of a particular tradition.
▪ Many of them had no connection with the Cold War, or with political or religious ideology.
▪ Despite such important differences, these two political ideologies nevertheless share certain affinities with respect to their visions of law and government.
▪ Three points might clarify the different ways in which the term political ideology is used.
▪ Third, at federal level the parties are accordingly much less unified by political ideologies.
▪ However, any relatively complete bundle of political beliefs could be termed a political ideology.
▪ His theory of public law was also influenced by a particular outlook or political ideology.
▪ In the contemporary political world, few individuals adhere absolutely to any one of these political ideologies.
▪ Biased interpretations have now and again been put forward as propaganda to promote a country or political or religious ideologies.
▪ Many of them had no connection with the Cold War, or with political or religious ideology.
▪ Much of the poverty, chaos and disease of the East can be directly attributed to its religious beliefs and ideologies.
▪ The revolutionary Marxist ideology adopted by the intelligentsia began to merge with the working-class movement.
▪ Characteristically, the patriarchy thesis generates a revolutionary ideology rather than a fatalistic acceptance of determinism and relativism.
▪ It describes a possibility, endemic to the social form of ideology, that determination is not total and mechanistic.
▪ The social ideology of the United States and of Great Britain has been built on contract law.
▪ But all of those societies had political and social ideologies that were congruent with their economic realities.
▪ It has often been argued that Marxism is largely based on a utopian ideology, functionalism on a ruling ideology.
▪ First, the basic assumptions of such ideas in altered form were later developed into the ideology of the National Front.
▪ Science and technology performed within a particular social order reflect the norms and ideology of that order.
▪ a group with a racist ideology
▪ democratic ideology
▪ Art schools have been forced into the commercial ideology of Toryism.
▪ In its triumphant heyday, the Thatcher coalition was held together both by ideology and by interest.
▪ It is at least likely that they did in fact fail to keep their ideology to themselves.
▪ It is not surprising that the total reversal of the ideology of the past is having its effect on Soviet pupils.
▪ Or to put it another way, the analysis lacks both a sense of humanism and a theory of ideology.
▪ Revolutionary language and ideology had largely reappeared.
▪ Secondly, ideology is a social production and those who dominate social production also dominate ideological production.
▪ Similarly radicals overstate the degree of unanimity among the medical profession, which is in fact riven with dissension and competing ideologies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ideology \I`de*ol"o*gy\, n. [Ideo- + -logy: cf. F. id['e]ologie.]

  1. The science of ideas.

  2. (Metaph.) A theory of the origin of ideas which derives them exclusively from sensation.

    Note: By a double blunder in philosophy and Greek, id['e]ologie . . . has in France become the name peculiarly distinctive of that philosophy of mind which exclusively derives our knowledge from sensation.
    --Sir W. Hamilton.

  3. A set or system of theories and beliefs held by an individual or group, especially about sociopolitical goals and methods to attain them; in common usage, ideology is such a set of beliefs so strongly held by their adherents as to cause them to ignore evidence against such beliefs, and thus fall into error -- in this sense it is viewed as a negative trait; contrasted to pragmatism, and distinct from idealism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1796, "science of ideas," originally "philosophy of the mind which derives knowledge from the senses" (as opposed to metaphysics), from French idéologie "study or science of ideas," coined by French philosopher Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) from idéo- "of ideas," from Greek idea (see idea) + -logy. Later used in a sense "impractical theorizing" (1813). Meaning "systematic set of ideas, doctrines" first recorded 1909.Ideology ... is usually taken to mean, a prescriptive doctrine that is not supported by rational argument. [D.D. Raphael, "Problems of Political Philosophy," 1970]


n. 1 doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group. 2 The study of the origin and nature of ideas.

  1. n. an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation [syn: political orientation, political theory]

  2. imaginary or visionary theorization


Ideology is a collection of beliefs held by an individual, group or society. It can be described as a set of conscious and unconscious ideas which make up one's beliefs, goals, expectations, and motivations. An ideology is a comprehensive normative vision that is followed by people, governments, or other groups that is considered the correct way by the majority of the population, as argued in several philosophical tendencies (see political ideologies). It can also be a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of society such as the elite to all members of society as suggested in some Marxist and critical-theory accounts. While the concept of "ideology" describes a set of ideas broad in its normative reach, an ideology is the ideas expressed in concepts such as worldview, imaginary and ontology.

Ideology refers to the system of abstracted meaning applied to public matters, thus making this concept central to politics. Implicitly, in societies that distinguish between public and private life, every political or economic tendency entails ideology, whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought. In the Althusserian sense, Ideology is "the imaginary relation to the real conditions of existence".

Ideology (album)

Ideology is the first instrumental solo album of American musician and composer David Harbour.

Usage examples of "ideology".

Such treatment by the authorities soon led some socialist leaders to despair of ever achieving their goals by parliamentary means and to embrace more radical ideologies, such as syndicalism and anarchism.

Its leadership was inexperienced, and its ideology was too vague to have any immediate relevance to the deep-seated problems besetting Iraq in the early 1960s.

The white-power fist The biker believes the Nazi ideology that whites are the superior race.

Rudolf Ramm, Kurt Blome, Gerhard Wagner, and Walter Gross all believed absolutely in their ideology, theory, and linguistic paradigms.

From the moment that the divinity of Christ is denied, or that, thanks to the efforts of German ideology, He only symbolizes the man-god, the concept of mediation disappears and a Judaic world reappears.

Zoroastrian dualism, the same arrogant assumption that the Goddess could be banished, when all that was banished was a poorly differentiated mythos that many ecofeminists have severely reinterpreted to fit their ideology.

Its an experience of the living fact of the entelechy of the planet, and without that experience we wander in a desert of bogus ideologies, but with that experience, the compass of the self can be set.

And this lack of old-style irredentism and expansionism reflects not only ideology, international reality and contemporary culture but also prudence and the strong and bitter historical memories which permeate European society.

This theme attracted the sympathy of liberals everywhere, especially in the political context of a powerful conservative ascendancy in Western Europe and in the cultural context of philhellenic ideologies that had entered widely into European classicism and Romanticism.

Dostoyevsky, the news item, whether it was a crime of passion, a vast confidence trick or financial catastrophe, a scandalous verdict, a personal or collective attempt at arson, a suicide caused by despair or ideology, a train crash, children plotting against their father, or the numerous cases of ill-treated children, had its roots deep in changeable reality and its appalling or amazing oddity revealed the subterranean upheavals of society.

Brod wanted to prove that Janacek belonged to the national tradition and that he was every bit as good as the great Smetana, idol of the Czech national ideology.

Americans, regardless of party affiliation or ideology, especially since the Supreme Courtprior to this casewas among the last institutions whose integrity remained above reproach.

When acting in that capacity, they have taken an oath to be politically blind to the identity, party affiliation, and ideology of the litigant-candidates whose case is before them.

The Senate and the president could begin by jointly appointing a nonpartisan commission to gather the names of the two dozen or so most distinguished lawyers and judges in the nation, assessed by peer review under the broadest criterion of greatness, without regard to party affiliation, race, gender, ideology, or other such factors.

Anarchy or anarchistic theory is the only ideology that is in the least bit optimistic.