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ERIC Number: EJ932468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1057-0314
On Ideology: Second Thoughts
Wander, Philip C.
Western Journal of Communication, v75 n4 p421-428 2011
"Whither ideology?" is an intriguing question, to which the author's immediate response is: Nowhere! Has its moment passed, at least in relation to the way that people ordinarily think of it? Not because the end of ideology has finally come, but because the emergence of the concept in American academic work, as an expression of political commitment in the 1960s, was a response to the slaughter of upwards of four million Vietnamese, who posed absolutely no threat to this country. Its import lay in the fact--if one can set aside for now the fear of over-determinism--that there were emergent civil, human, and anti-war movements that were actively changing the shape and texture of "civic discourse," altering a way of looking at the world that emerged out of the Second World War. The ideological turn in criticism pivoted on America's concerted efforts to expand its sphere of influence to include, if not all of the known world, then that part of it which, during the Cold War, would ultimately benefit from what one now, in a bloodless retrospective, calls "proxy wars." In this article, the author shares his thoughts on ideology and focuses on far more overwhelming and troubling crises than those summoned up by imperialistic adventure, however gut wrenching and massive the slaughter going on at a particular time and place. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Language: English
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