(3102 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.

Ideology is a term that may have several meanings: it may be an abusive label for political ideas that the speaker does not like; it may be a critical name for the system of ideas promoted by a particular class or group to keep itself in power; or it may be a term used in political science to designate the more-or-less coherent set of political ideas held by any particular social group (Seliger). This last sense is probably the most reliable, albeit the other senses usually hide in its margins.

In 1960 Daniel Bell’s The End of Ideology pronounced that ideological conflict in advanced capitalist societies was a thing of the past, political strife having been replaced by the consensus around democratic liberalism. The …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Clark, Robert. "Ideology". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 October 2010
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Critical Theory