Synopses & Reviews
This work, by one of Europe's foremost social theorists, presents a critical history of the concept of ideology. The author's discussion ranges from the early conceptions of ideology to its current usage in the works of Barthes, Foucault, Habermas and others.
Boudon develops a distinctive and original approach to the analysis of ideology. Drawing on a series of case studies, he seeks to explain how and why social actors adhere so readily to false or dubious ideas. In opposition to those views which associate ideology with irrationalism, Boudon develops a rationalist theory which helps to explain why certain ideas are believed by individuals and are thereby effective in the social world.
Rigorously argued and clearly written, this work is a major restatement of Boudon's theoretical views and a timely intervention in current debates. It will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics and philosophy.
About the Author
Raymond Boudon is Professor of Sociology at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous works including Theories of Social Change (1986).
Table of Contents
1. A Question (among others) on Ideology.
2. What is Ideology?
3. Is Homo Ideologicus (always) Irrational?
4. Journey Round a Table.
5. Outline of a Restricted Theory of Ideology.
6. Ideology, Social Position and Dispositions.
7. Ideology and Communication.
8. Science and Ideology.
9. Two Case Studies.
10. Against Scepticism.