Theories of Ideology: The Powers of Alienation and Subjection. By Jan Rehmann. Academic Article uri icon


  • Jan Rehmanns Theories of Ideology: The Powers of Alienation and Subjection is a study of the concept of ideology rooted in the Marxist tradition. The book also includes several interlocutions, outside of the Marxist tradition, such as Austrian economic theories and their forms of neoliberal expression, Michel Foucaults concept of biopower and governmentality, as well as Pierre Bourdieus concepts of field, habitus, and symbolic violence. It also includes a critical appraisal of the Projekt Ideologietheorie (PIT) with which Rehmann is associated. Rehmanns book is meticulously researched. He situates ideology theorys key schools and thinkers historiographically, through the logic of argumentation, and empirically. Rehmann approaches ideology theory through a critical lens; his evaluative framework considers how and to what extent theories of ideology foreclose the possibility of revolutionary transformation.

published proceedings

  • Democratic Communiqu; Vol 27, No 1 (2016): Democratic Communique

author list (cited authors)

  • Carley, R.

publication date

  • January 2016