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Ideology and Modern Culture. Critical Social Theory in the Era of Mass Communication. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5226655
  • Book
  • December 1990
  • 376 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In this major new work, Thompson develops an original account of ideology and relates it to the analysis of culture and mass communication in modern Societies.

Thompson offers a concise and critical appraisal of major contributions to the theory of ideology, from Marx and Mannheim, to Horkheimer, Adorno and Habermas. He argues that these thinkers - and social and political theorists more generally - have failed to deal adequately with the nature of mass communication and its role in the modern world. In order to overcome this deficiency, Thompson undertakes a wide-ranging analysis of the development of mass communication, outlining a distinctive social theory of the mass media and their impact.

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1. The Concept of Ideology.

2. Ideology in Modern Societies.

3. The Concept of Culture.

4. Cultural Transmission and Mass Communication.

5. Towards a Social Theory of Mass Communication.

6. The Methodology of Interpretation.



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John B. Thompson University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.
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