This volume is a much-needed guide to the myriad definitions and meanings of 'ideology'. With a clear focus on student needs, David Hawkes:
*traces the history of the term and the debates which surround it, from Machiavelli to the present day
*examines ideology within the critical frameworks of empiricism, idealism, Marxism, post-Marxism and postmodernism
*provides clear examples to illuminate his argument
*asks why ideology matters
*discusses, in this new edition, ideology after September 11.
With a newly updated bibliography and fresh suggestions for further reading, "Ideology" offers a concise, accessible introduction to one of the mostly widely debated critical concepts.