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Hegemony, Ideology and Contradictory Consciousness

David J. Cheal
The Sociological Quarterly
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter, 1979), pp. 109-117
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Midwest Sociological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4106391
Page Count: 9
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Hegemony, Ideology and Contradictory Consciousness
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Abstract

The critical phenomena for this paper are the variations in the degree of integration of ideas within mass publics. The theory of ideological hegemony provides a valuable sociological framework from which to study them. Current interpretations indicate that the political cultures of modern democracies consist of two major ideologies: a ruling ideology which is a coherent system of thought, and a subordinate ideology which exhibits contradictory consciousness. Evidence on the integration of ideas was obtained from a re-analysis of a survey of the British electorate.

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