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an ideology is a coherent collection of beliefs, a view of the world

Um, no. This would make ideologies no different to mythologies.

It's probably not possible to agree about this, but I'd suggest an ideology is a moral system of political philosophy which is justified in ways which make it appear politically plausible, or even inevitable.

Ideologies include explicit and implicit elements. The implicit elements are the true moral aims of the ideology. These may not be stated explicitly, and may not even be conscious. (E.g. authoritarian conservatives rarely understand what their own motivations actually are.)

The explicit formulation is the cluster of narratives which promotes and evangelises the true aim.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 05:57:24 PM EST
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