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Dominant Ideologies (RLE Social Theory) (Routledge Library by Bryan S. Turner

By Bryan S. Turner

In this quantity prime foreign students problematic upon the significant problems with the research of ideology: the character of dominant ideologies. The ways that ideologies are transmitted; their results on dominant and subordinate social periods in numerous societies; the distinction among individualistic and collectivist trust structures; and the range of cultural types that coexist in the capitalist type of financial organization.

This booklet is unique in its empirical and comparative method of the learn of the commercial and cultural foundation of social order, and within the wide variety of societies that it covers. Japan, Germany and the united states represent the center of the fashionable worldwide economic climate, and feature commonly differing old roots and cultural traditions. Argentina and Australia are white settler societies at the outer edge of the capitalist world-system and for this reason have convinced universal positive aspects, which are reduce throughout in flip through social and political advancements strange to every. Britain after a decade of Thatcherism is an engaging try out of the efficacy of an ideological venture designed to alter the cultural values of a inhabitants. Poland exhibits the constraints of the imposition of a kingdom socialist ideology, and the cultural complexities that result.

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The real interests o f a property-ow ning dem ocracy and not ideo­ logical distortion meant people should endorse the individual selfinterest and free-m arket values that underpin capitalist society. The view o f certain political com m entators that new sectoral cleavages were superseding class in the determ ination o f political behaviour, notably that the ownership o f property w ould predispose w orkingclass voters towards the Conservative Party, echoed the claims o f the politicians. Even the second time around em bourgeoisem ent remains mis­ conceived, both empirically and theoretically.

It does, how ever, suggest some acceptance o f an econom ic and social system which delivers material benefits, and the appropriateness o f distri­ butional struggle. The absence o f a real alternative contributes to acceptance, and in 1980 we suggested that the manifest inadequacies o f the Soviet U nion and other state-socialist societies m eant socialism was a pow erful negative example. The future developm ent o f socialism in the era o f econom ic restructuring and political reform raises intriguing possibilities in this regard.

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