Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses by Louis AlthusserVerso, London, The focus of this essay was the attempt to develop a theory of ideology, and its role in the reproduction of capitalist social formations, as part of a broader contribution to a Marxist theory of the state. Much of the response to this article has been in terms of its reduction of subjectivity to nothing more than an ideological effect with the apparent consequence that revolutionary political action is precluded by a lack of any revolutionary subject. To some extent such debates were hampered by the knowledge that the available text was little more than an assemblage of elements taken from a larger, more complete, work. This relation between the fragmentary article and the complete work may, for many, spark the initial interest in the appearance of On the Reproduction of Capitalism. Nevertheless, the inclusion in this volume of additional material written by Althusser to clarify his argument in response to criticism of his article, particularly the charge of functionalism against his view of the state, as well as the original article itself, certainly throws new light on certain of its claims.
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On the reproduction of capitalism : ideology and ideological state apparatuses
Louis Althusser. Louis Althusser's renowned short text 'Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses' radically transformed the concept of the subject, the understanding of the state and even the very frameworks of cultural, political and literary theory. The piece is, in fact, an extract from a much longer book, On the Reproduction of Capitalism , until now unavailable in English. Its publication makes possible a reappraisal of seminal Althusserian texts already available in English, their place in Althusser's oeuvre and the relevance of his ideas for contemporary theory. On the Reproduction of Capitalism develops Althusser's conception of historical materialism, outlining the conditions of reproduction in capitalist society and the revolutionary struggle for its overthrow.
Louis Althusser's renowned short text "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" radically transformed the concept of the subject, the understanding of the.
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