Ideology and Cultural Identity

Ideology and Cultural Identity : Modernity and the Third World Presence

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In this book Jorge Larrain discusses three of the most important concepts in the social sciences: ideology, reason and cultural identity.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 208 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745677614
  • 9780745677613

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'Larrain's study is a very useful survey of recent developments in the critique of ideology.' Choice 'Larrain's work is a pleasure to read: tentative and humane, he employs a concept of ideology derived from but not entirely concident with that of Marx to offer a critical examination of the complacency and complicity of much contemporary discussion of ideology.' Political Studies '... He analyses what he has always analysed very well - namely, the history of the concept of ideology from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, Pareto et al., through Marx and Engels to Althusser, post-structuralism, postmodernism and Habermas.' Radical Philosophy
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Ideology and Cultural Identity discusses three of the most important concepts in the social sciences: ideology, reason and cultural identity. These ideas are at the centre of contemporary debates about modernity and post-modernity. The book analyzes these debates not merely in the context of European thought, but also in a dialog with the realities of the Third World, especially Latin America. The author expounds and critically analyzes the theories of ideology which inform or derive from currents of thought opposed to modernity, from Schopenhauer to post-modernity.

An important concern of the book is to explore some European conceptions of the Third World. A comparison between such theories leads to a novel interpretation of the relation between 'reason' and racism. Jorge Larrain also considers more specifically some issues concerning the relation between cultural identity and personal identity, in relation to processes of globalization. This book will be of interest to students and professionals working in the fields of social theory, development studies and Third World issues.
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About Jorge Larrain

Jorge Larrain is the author of several previous books including, The Concept of Ideology (1979) and Theories of Development (Polity, 1989).
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Ideology, Reason and the Construction of the Other. 2. Ideology and the Assault on Reason. 3. Structuralism and the Dissolution of Althusserianism. 4. Poststructuralism and Postmodernism. 5. Habermas and the New Concept of Reason. 6. Cultural Identity, Globalization and History.
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