some definitions of ideology

a) the process of production of meaning, signs & value in social life;

b) a body of ideas characteristic of a particular social group or class;

c) ideas which help to legitimate a dominant political power;

d) false ideas which help to legitimate a dominant political power;

e) systematically distorted communication;

f) that which offers a position of a subject;

g) forms of thought motivated by social interests;

h) identity thinking;

i) socially necessary illusion;

j) the conjuncture of discource and power;

k) the medium in whcih conscious social actors make snes of the world;

l) action-oriented sets of beliefs;

m) the confusion of linguistic and phenomenal reality;

n) semiotic closure;

o) the indispensable medium in which individuals live out their relations to a social structure;

p) the process whereby social life is converted to a natural reality.

from: Ideology an introduction by Terry Eagleton

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