Freeden's Theory of Ideology Term Paper

Freeden's Theory of Ideology
Looks at Freeden's theory of ideology as a study of the interrelationship of politics, ideology and discourse.
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Published on Dec 18, 2011 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Sociology (Theory) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper explores the meaning of ideology, politics and the method and criteria of finding truth especially through positivism. Next, the author investigates post-structuralist Michael Freeden's integration of the theoretical contributions of sociology, psychology, cultural anthropology and linguistics to create a theoretical framework, the theory of ideology, that conceives of ideology as a complex structure consisting of a mixture of rational and irrational components placed in historical and linguistic context. The paper concludes that, even with Freeden's theory that searches for factual objectivity, the analysis of ideology remains trapped in an exclusive instrumental rationality expressed in the classic formula of the inductive method.

Table of Contents:
Ideology and Politics
Method and Criteria of Truth
Michael Freeden: Attempt to Overcome Positivism Limitations
Ideology in the Negative Sense

From the Paper:

"This has led to the development of a fruitful research enterprise, which has resulted in a vast accumulation of specific knowledge about different kinds of ideologies. This has led to progress not only of a purely descriptive work, as proposed by classical positivism, but it has been extended by incorporating a detailed analysis of the sociocultural conditions in the emerging ideology, the screening of options future course of political action, which has given this approach more attractive theoretical discipline .
"However, despite Freeden includes in its analysis of ideologies within a cultural determinations, they are widely considered but only at the level of the concrete, where all ties with the social order in which such determinations are necessarily registered, is completely excluded . The main weakness of the proposed Freeden, then, resembles the deficiency affects the commentator competition pool, who trying to explain the reasons for the defeat of the favourite player is focused on individual factors such as low external quality of their implements, or concerns about your child's illness, ignoring an overall factor (structural), as the hidden and illegitimate would tilt the tabletop game, which ultimately affects the whole outcome of competition ( including the other competitors), but not necessarily determined (for example, why not earn A and B?). But is it really true that Freeden ignores the tilt table? The answer seems to be behind its explicit theoretical intentions."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Ball , T., & Dagger , R., 1999, Political ideologies and the democratic ideal. New York : Longman.
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  • Billig , M., 1991, Ideology and opinions : Studies in rhetorical psychology. London Newbury Park, Calif. : Sage Publications.
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