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Ideology
A Multidisciplinary Approach



February 1998 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The definition of ideology continues to occupy scholars across a wide range of disciplines. In this book, Teun A van Dijk sketches a challenging new multidisciplinary framework for theorizing ideology. He defines ideology as the basis of the social representations of a group, its functions in terms of social relations between groups, and its reproduction as enacted by discourse. Contemporary racist discourse is examined to illustrate these ideological relations between cognition, society and discourse.
 
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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Teun A. van Dijk

Teun A. van Dijk is a Visiting Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. From 1980 to 2006 he held a personal chair as Professor of Discourse Studies at the University of Amsterdam. A world leading scholar of discourse studies and author of over 250 books and articles, he edits the SAGE journals Disourse & Society, Discourse Studies, and Discourse and Communication. More About Author

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