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Ideology and Politics

Ideology and Politics

Political Theory

March 2008 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book challenges the idea of post-ideological consensus and offers a fresh perspective on the current state of political ideologies. With 'traditional' political ideologies, such as liberalism, socialism, nationalism, and conservatism, perceived to be in crisis, it assesses:
  • Their continued relevance in the context of globalization and of skepticism towards ideological thinking
  • The challenges posed by 'new' ideologies such as ecologism and feminism
  • The implications of new social movements and ideas of community and multiculturalism for the traditional Left-Right political framework
Ideology and Politics presents an accessible account of a new era of ideological politics, where the dominant neo-liberalism has spawned a diverse global range of 'ideologies of opposition'. It situates these radical frameworks of change and protest in relation to more traditional 'anti' ideologies and seeks to re-establish the relevance of ideologies for political action in the contemporary world.

Intended Audience: This text is core reading for students of politics at advanced undergraduate and graduate level.

The Debate Over Ideology

Where is Ideology Now?
Concepts and Theories of Ideological Hegemony
The Hegemony of Liberalism
Crises of Right and Left
The National and the Global
Ideology and Identity
New Forms of Political Community
Radical Ideologies of Change and Protest
The Future of Ideologies

Post-Ideological Politics, or New Counter-Ideologies?

This book successfully challenges the notion that we live in a post-ideological age. John Schwarzmantel searchingly questions the thesis that only single issues and identities matter, providing a reliable compass to help students navigate through a world that has witnessed the death of Communism and the rise of neo-liberal hegemony.

Jules Townshend, Professor of Political Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University

Great overview and first insights into different examples of ideology as well as the conception of ideology as an study object.

Ms Roswitha Kersten-Pejanic
Department of Slavic studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
September 30, 2015

An essential read for those studying politics and social policy.

Miss Martina Kirlew
Health and Social Care, University of Bolton
August 12, 2014

Very interesting and up to date. This book is a recommended read for students and lecturers interested in politics.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
March 11, 2014

Interesting and stimulating with effective range of issues covered.

Mr David Ness
Social Science, Moray College UHI
October 23, 2013

This is a superb introduction to undergraduate students studying political perspectives. The coverage of molecular and macro ideologies is a very good way of getting students to engage with the diverse range of political foci available.

Mr Lee Tucker
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
February 22, 2013

This is an excellent text, giving the student a good critical understanding of the contemporary debates around political ideologies.

Mr Robert MacMaster
Dept of Social & Political Studies, University of Westminster
October 30, 2012

A must have for all students as this books looks at the main ideologies and notions of UK politics.

Miss Fatima Khan
Social Work , Hammersmith & West London College
June 20, 2012

An excellent read for students needing to look at the core values and main variations of ideology, as well as the key thinkers, principal issues and debates surrounding ideology and its relevance to contemporary UK politics.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
March 11, 2012

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