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Ideology was a term used in Marxist theory to show how the worker under capitalism might be living in a state of false consciousness or distorted reality about their relations to capital. The argument went that once they began to see these relations as they really are – ones of oppression and exploitation – then a class-based revolution could overthrow capitalism by seizing the means of production. Louis Althusser’s theoretical perspectives on ideology attributed to it a more complex role, so that it moves from ‘false consciousness’ to a means of representing reality where the act of representing is obscured. The emphasis is on the relationship of ideology to lived experience, and in this light ideology could be defined as the representation of the ...

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