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Ideology
A Multidisciplinary Approach


March 1998 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The history of ideology and its definition continues to occupy scholars across a range of disciplines. Contrary to the vast volume of earlier work on ideology however, this books provides a challenging new theory of ideology, one that is capable of explaining not only the internal structures of ideologies, but also how ideologies function in society. In formulating theory that is capable of providing the first insights into the internal structures of ideologies while simultaneously explaining how discourse structures may be used in the production and reproduction of ideologies, van Dijk offers a highly important theoretical bridge between the micro and macro structures of society. This book will be essential for all students of discourse studies, communication, social psychology, sociology, and political science.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: COGNITION
 
Ideas and Beliefs
 
Social Beliefs
 
Structures and Strategies
 
Structures of Ideologies
 
Values
 
Mental Models
 
Consistency
 
Consciousness
 
Common Sense
 
Knowledge and Truth
 
Identity
 
Social Cognition
 
PART TWO: SOCIETY
 
Ideology and Society
 
Groups
 
Group Relations
 
Elites
 
Dominant Ideologies?
 
Institutions
 
PART THREE: DISCOURSE
 
The Relevance of Discourse
 
Discourse Structures
 
Context
 
Reproduction
 
From Cognition to Discourse
 
Persuasion
 
Legitimation
 
Ideological Discourse Structures
 
The Ideology and Discourse of Modern Racism
 
Conclusions

`Whilst the literature on ideology is legion, the concept remains as elusive and confused as ever. This book promises a fresh start. It begins the ambitious task of outlining a new, multidisciplinary theory which attempts to show how ideologies shape people's perceptions and understanding of society and, in subtle and complex ways, regulate social practices and relationships in the social world' - British Journal of Sociology

`Van Dijk has written a stimulating book presented as an invitation to multidisciplinary cooperation' - International Journal of Public Opinion Research

`A substantive book-length treatment of ideology, van Dijk tells us in his preface, has been an unrealized project he has always dreamed about. The project is at last realized, and is done so lucidly and thoroughly. Students will find it a helpful text in thinking about one of the most difficult key concepts in the social sciences' -European Journal of Communication

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