Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology by J. M. Balkin

By J. M. Balkin

Cultural software program is the 1st booklet that heavily applies theories of cultural evolution and the idea of memes to the difficulties of ideology and justice. rather than resting the concept that of ideology on superseded notions of "false consciousness," Cultural software program indicates how ideological results get produced throughout the unfold and copy of sorts of cultural knowledge, or cultural software program. humans are the bearers of this cultural software program, it is helping represent them and shapes them as people with detailed values and reasons. but cultural software program reproduces even if it serves the pursuits of humans. relatively, cultural conventions and associations unfold as though that they had their very own pursuits in survival and replica. and a few sorts of cultural software program can act like digital parasites, breeding sadness and injustice as they reproduce in human minds and associations. Drawing on anthropology, evolutionary thought, cognitive technology, linguistics, sociology, political concept, social psychology, and legislations, Cultural software program deals a strikingly unique conception of cultural evolution, a concept that explains either shared understandings and range inside cultures. "Balkin argues ingeniously that meme concept replaces extra universal serious theories of ideology, since it by myself explains how humans come to think the issues they suspect, irrespective of doubtful assumptions approximately "false realization" or "hegemony." [Balkin] writes with lucid stability. . . . Balkin's account is the main nuanced and convincing at the query of what we really achieve from meme theory." --Mark Kingwell, Harpers "After 250 years of writing approximately ideology, it really is tricky to have whatever new to claim that advances our realizing of this elusive proposal, and but Cultural software program: A thought of Ideology by way of J.M. Balkin manages to do exactly that... a striking paintings that may be usefully learn via a wide audience." --Susan Silbey, American magazine of Sociology "[A] path-breaking attempt to reconsider felony critique utilizing ... organic and cybernetic versions; the scope of its ambition and the subtlety of its execution are inclined to make it a definitive work." --David Charny, college of Michigan legislations assessment "[I]ntelligent and very good crafted... [A] splendidly transparent presentation of the most important strands of postmodern thought." --Emily Sherwin, Philosophy in evaluate

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