Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses

Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses 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 cultur

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 text has influenced thinkers such as Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj i ek.The piece is, in fact, an extract from a much longLouis 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 text has influenced thinkers such as Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj i ek.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.Written in the afterglow of May 1968, the text addresses a question that continues to haunt us today in a society that proclaims its attachment to the ideals of liberty and equality, why do we witness the ever renewed reproduction of relations of domination Both a conceptually innovative text and a key theoretical tool for activists, On the Reproduction of Capitalism is an essential addition to the corpus of the twentieth century Left.

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  1. Becky

    The question now is how to rate and review something like this. I can't say that I liked it, but at times I loved it. The overall thesis was a bit troubling, but there are an awful lot of points where he's not wrong. His criticism of capitalism is everything it should be: insightful and true. I just don't buy communism as the best alternative. It's incredibly dense in places, but considering the scope it's covering it's actually very accessible. It's even funny in places! There are times when Al [...]

  2. Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis

    I shall therefore say that, where only a single subject (such and such an individual) is concerned, the existence of the ideas of his belief is material in that his ideas are his material actions inserted into material practices governed by material rituals which are themselves defined by the material ideological apparatus from which derive the ideas of that subject.Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses, by Louis Althusser, is my first foray into Marxism and I gotta say I enjoyed myself. I [...]

  3. xDEAD ENDx

    This is really great in what it says about ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (in contrast to Repressive State Apparatuses). There's a lot that precedes and works in tandem with Foucault's thought, which obviously goes beyond in talking about apparatuses as productive forces.The biggest barrier to this being great (and I'm being generous with 4 stars) is Althusser's ridiculous Marxist-Leninist orthodoxy and exceptionalism. As obvious as it is that when you start reading and writing and t [...]

  4. Fernanda Vega

    Wow, wow, wow. Althusser has expanded by sources to express the literary canon whilst feeding my Ongoing cognizant process.Ah, ideological State apparatuses, I can name you fancier!

  5. Evan Cvitanovic

    "In this preliminary remark and these concrete illustrations, I only wish to point out that you and I are always already subjects, and as such constantly practice the rituals of ideological recognition, which guarantee for us that we are indeed concrete, individual, distinguishable and (naturally) irreplaceable subjects. The writing I am currently executing and the reading you are currently[17] performing are also in this respect rituals of ideological recognition, including the ‘obviousness [...]

  6. Jack Waters

    Some of my favorite passages:“Althusser here explains, in systematic fashion, his conception of historical materialism, the conditions for the reproduction of capitalist society, and the revolutionary struggle that seeks to put an end to it. His propositions about ideology and the ‘apparatuses’, put back in the overall framework of his project and the context of his political thought, reveal their object and presuppositions.”“It confronts us with a question that is today less than ever [...]

  7. Donald

    The French Communist theoretician, Louis Althusser, takes on the enormous task of describing how capitalism seeps into all social, cultural and economic structures of power. He describes both formal and cultural forms of capitalist ideological power, and thereby provides a clearer understanding of how it can be defeated. Although his mental illness made Althusser's life painful and tragic, up to and including the murder of his own wife and beloved partner, his theoretical contributions to Marxis [...]

  8. libvetica

    Salah satu pemikir penting abad 20. Althusser memandang ideologi secara netral. Menurutnya ideologi bisa digunakan untuk menggerakkan massa dan mengemansipasinya atau membiusnya. Saya sering mengutip gagasan Louis Althusser dari buku ini.

  9. GONZA

    "In this book, Althusser explains, in a systematic way, his conception of historical materialism, the conditions of the reproduction of capitalist society and the revolutionary struggle that seeks to put an end to. Despite the passage of more than 25 years from the time when it was written, continues to have a singular capacity of theorethical provocation and confronts us with the question that especially today can not certainly be defined as obsolete: under what conditions, in a society that cl [...]

  10. J. Moufawad-Paul

    Finally published in english in January 2014, I was looking forward to reading the book where Althusser's famous (and masterful) ISA essay was culled from. While there is much to admire in this book it is also troubled by Althusser's inability to break completely PCF orthodoxy, particularly in the wake of May 1968, which is why the book is filled with tangents in which he upholds economism (despite also attacking other aspects of economism, very contradictory) so as to criticize his former stude [...]

  11. Héctor

    Un buen texto sobre la relación estado-individuo y las formas en las que el el primero asegura su permanencia a costa del segundo.Pros:-Detallado y con ejemplos claros.Contras:-Excesivo argot.-Defensa partisana del marxismo como una ideología aparte.-Demasiado teórico y falto de ejemplos de aplicación.5 de 10

  12. Tony Schmitt

    I would recommend people reading one of the shorter edited versions of this, and not this unedited manuscript. I found it tedious and I hated his style of writing as well as his party pandering. However, after a lot of that he does have some good thoughts on ideology. So get your hands on one of the shorter ones, or skip to the last three or four chapters in this one.

  13. Siddharth Shankaran

    What's ideology and how it sustains itself in material practice! Important read for anyone interested in Modern Marxist interpretation of ideological struggle. Also explains the influence Althusser has had on Zizek and his diatribe (dialectical) against ideology in a so called ,"post-ideological" world!

  14. Monami

    Quite a novice to comment on his works. However this is an easy and a necessary read for all questioning about the existence of ideologies of state and the class divisions surviving in an imposed framework.

  15. Jimmy

    Worth reading, and a meaningful contribution; but Althusser's thought is fairly uneven and all too often falls into the laziest of Marxian declaration. (Should go into details more, but I'm not going to right now)

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