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p. 122. Overcoming illusions: how ideologies came to staylocked

  • Michael Freeden


The emergence of the concept of ideology from under the Marxist wing is a complex story. ‘Overcoming illusions: how ideologies came to stay’ traces this story and in particular the contributions of three 20th-century thinkers: Karl Mannheim, Antonio Gramsci, and Louis Althusser. Each of them, in their own way, operating from Marxist premises, contributed to the transformation of the conception of ideology. Their key insights led to the removal of much of the pejorative connotations of ideology and ensured that it became a permanent feature of the political and social landscape.

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