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Book Launch of A Marxist Theory of Ideology

Date: Wednesday 30th March 2022

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Senior Common Room at St Mary’s University

Part of the Politics and Society Book Launch Series at St Mary’s University.

This event will see the launch of A Marxist Theory of Ideology: Praxis Thought and the Social World by Dr Andrea Sau

A Marxist Theory of Ideology explores the question of defining ideology from a Marxist perspective. Advancing beyond the schemas of discussion presented in current Marxist literature, the author offers an account of how the concept of ideology should be defined and what role it plays within historical materialism.

Through a close reading of Karl Marx’s relevant writings, this volume demonstrates that while there is no coherent, single account of ideology in Marx’s work, his materialist framework can be reconstructed in a defensible and ‘non-deterministic’ way. The definition of ideology presented is then articulated through a close reading of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. Efforts are also made to demonstrate that Gramsci’s interpretation of historical materialism is indeed consistent and compatible with Marx’s.

A systematic articulation of a theory of ideology that combines the works of Marx and Gramsci, as well as adding elements of Pierre Bourdieu’s social theory and William James’s psychology, this volume will appeal to scholars of social and political theory with interests in political economy and Marxist thought.

About the author

Andrea Sau is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at St Mary's University Twickenham. He has also taught at the University of Hertfordshire and King’s College London, where he completed his PhD.


David Sommer is a researcher in German philosophy at UCL.


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