Ideologies in Action: Morphological Adaptation and Political Ideas

1st Edition

Mathew Humphrey, David Laycock, Maiken Umbach

May 25, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 120 Pages
ISBN 9780367496050 - CAT# 370889


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Ideologies in Action: Morphological Adaptation and Political Ideas explores how political ideas move across geographical, social and chronological boundaries.

Focusing on North American and European case studies ranging from populist tax revolts through parenting advice manuals to online learning environments, the contributors propose new methods for understanding how political entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens deploy and re-define ideologies. All of these groups are consumers of ideology, drawing on pre-existing, trans-national ideological concepts and narratives in order to make sense of the world. They are also all producers of ideology, adapting and reconfiguring ideological material to support their own political aims, objectives and desires. In doing so, they combine common conceptual elements – interpretations of freedom, order, national identity, democracy, community, or equality – with sentiments and imaginations deeply embedded in cultural and social practice. To render these ideological practices intelligible, the contributors to this volume blend conceptual morphology, which emphasizes how meaning emerges in and through connections between political ideas, with close readings of the vernacular and experiential dimensions of ideologies in action.

This book offers new insights into how ideologies in varied social and political settings can be decoded, and challenges hierarchical distinctions between ideological ‘producers’ and ‘consumers’. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Political Ideologies.

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