Sociology and Ideology

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Ideology and how it emerges

Theterm ideology has a variety of meanings. The definition of this termdepends on the perspective one is seeing it from. The definition canbe from a political, science, economic or even a social point ofview. An easy way to define this wide term is by saying it is a setof political, religious or even otherwise beliefs or doctrines (whosemain aim is to radicalize the world at large) that various people,parties as well as nations draw their actions from (Will, 2012).These people, parties and nations base various actions on ideology.Ideology affects people`s overview of the world. Various types ofideologies affect the general view of a person. This is the easiestway of defining ideology. But the definition of ideology has gonefrom it being innocent concept of belief or system to a violent termthat cannot be flexible. More and vigorous search of the definitionof this term shows a sinister view or picture of it. This term isseen as unrealistic as well as unworldly. Ideologies vary in greatways such as complexity, consistency, flexibility conservatism andmany more (Hassan, 1996). A person`s ideology can be his most closelyheld set of feelings as well as values. Ideology can as well bedefined as a system of ideas or ideals that make an attempt inexpounding the truth and reality. Since the truth and reality are toomuch complicated terms to understand, various ideologies aredeveloped. Ideology emerges due to difference in its definition andcharacteristics of the term.

Oneexample of an ideology is conservatism. This is an ideology thatvalues the person`s status quo. This ideology does not accept changeso easily, and if it does, it is at a very low rate. This type ofideology believes that humans are as a result of on-going process ofexperience Will, 2012). The ideology suggests that humans haveendured the experience process because they have proven to beeffective over a period of some time. The humans can’t be alteredin any fundamental way. Human instructions cannot be changed apartfrom a long gradual experimentation process. This ideology does notfavor the under privileged in the community, neither does it favorall the privileged. For instance, in America and France, the Frenchrevolutions, in 18th century was caused by conservatism. The majorcontributing cause for the liberal revolutions in America as well asFrance was support among members of the aristocracy for significantchange (Hassan, 1996). The French chaos that was associated with therevolution, on the other hand, instilled fears of the aristocracy inthe government which led to its collapse afterwards. From theseevents, it can be seen that ideology can change history`s course to alarger extent as well as affect motivation if it is sincerelybelieved by a number of influential adherents.


Itis vital to know and understand the importance as well assignificance of ideology in the current world due to the limitationof its great impact on the various events. Initially, people opposedor supported an ideology depending on their beliefs or even sometimesvalues, not beyond that. Some other developments that were supposedlydue to the cause of ideology were found to be caused by otherfactors. Misinterpretation of this wide term has led to people andcommunities behaving differently towards each other.


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Will, T. (2012). Ether Wave Propaganda: Clifford Geertz onIdeology, as an Analytical term.