DOMINANT IDEOLOGY THESIS
Dominant ideology thesis is associated with Karl Marx and his claim that each historical era is dominated by the intellectual ideas of its economically and politically ruling class. Dominant ideology means the principal ideas, values and morals in a given society.
The dominant ideology thesis asserts that working-class subordination in capitalist societies is largely the outcome of the cultural dominance achieved by the capitalist class. For Marx, the ruling ideas in a given society are always the ideas of the ruling social group. The institutions and culture of a society are widely permeated by dominant ideology which provides the key institutions and values of the society with an appearance of naturalness and inevitability.
The concept of hegemony is capable of becoming a version of the dominant ideology thesis, which would bring it closer to the theories of both Althusser and the Frankfurt School. - An introduction to theories of popular culture. - By Dominic Strinati
What is germane to upwards conflation, and also much more pervasive in neo- Marxism, is what has been aptly termed the 'dominant ideology thesis'. - Culture and agency: the place of culture in social theory - by Margaret Scotford Archer - 1996
It is not claimed that there is only one ideology present within a society, or that dominant ideology is without challenge.
Marx's envisages a process of class conflict in society that develops the contest between dominant ideologies and the ideas or counter ideologies that challenge them.
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The Dominant Ideology Thesis -
Nicholas Abercrombie, Bryan S. Turner
The Dominant Ideology Thesis suggests that there is in most societies a set of beliefs which dominates all others and which, through its incorporation in the consciousness of subordinate classes, tends to inhibit the development of radical political dissent. In this article we propose a number of reinterpretations of this thesis which at present systematically ignores the effect of the dominant ideology on the dominant class. There is good evidence that the subordinate classes are not incorporated into the dominant ideology and that, by contrast, the dominant classes are deeply penetrated by and incorporated within the dominant belief system. In most societies the apparatus of transmission of the dominant ideology is not very efficient and, in any event, is typically directed at the dominant rather than the subordinate class. We conclude that there is no well marked dominant ideology in the later phases of capitalism. Thus, the dominant ideology has the function of maintaining the dominant class's control over property in feudalism and early capitalism. In late capitalism, however, the changing nature of the dominant class in terms of a partial divorce between ownership and control means that the dominant ideology ceases to be crucial for the coherence of the dominant class.
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