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Book Title: Ideology (Concepts in the Social Sciences)|
The author of the book: David McLellan
Edition: Taylor & Francis Group
Date of issue: December 1st 1995
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.28 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.8
ISBN 13: 9780335194667
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Probably the most irredeemably dreadful academic book I've read. Imagine a half-arsed, incoherently structured literature review which somehow manages to be both overly obtuse and remarkably superficial at the same time. Now imagine that the author makes some attempt to sprinkle that review with a bit of critical engagement, but is unable or unwilling to consistently put forward coherent arguments, instead frequently accusing books of being 'bourgeois', 'conservative', or 'dangerous', as if this somehow invalidated their points. Imagine, also, that the author is quite clearly unfamiliar with some of the authors he mentions (I'd put money on him never having read a word of Foucault, for example) but decides to completely wing it anyway.
Imagine that, tasked with writing a book about the concept of ideology (a pretty silly idea in itself), the author decides to almost entirely ignore influential contributions by the likes of Hegel and Hobbes, instead spending far too much time rehearsing Marxist arguments before grudgingly straying into other areas. Imagine a final chapter about postmodernism which is largely a fact-free rant rather than a conventional piece of academic writing (ironically, in that sense it resembles a second-rate postmodernist work), and might just have scraped a 2:2 if one of my students had written it.
It gets a star for only being 80 pages long, and because typing out this rant/review has cheered me up.
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