Marx's Theory of Ideology

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Marx's Theory of Ideology
Marx's Theory of Ideology.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Bhikhu Parekh
Language English
Subject Karl Marx
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 256
ISBN 978-0801827716

Marx's Theory of Ideology is a 1982 book about Karl Marx by the political theorist Bhikhu Parekh. The work was inspired by Parekh's experience of racial discrimination in British society.[1]


Parekh provided an exposition of the Marxist theory of ideology,[2] arguing that Marx has a reductionist account of politics and lacks the resources to provide a coherent political philosophy.[1]

Scholarly reception[edit]

Marx's Theory of Ideology was reviewed by Nicholas Abercrombih in Sociology.[3] The political theorist Terrell Carver, writing in an appendix to the 1995 edition of Karl Marx: His Life and Environment, called the book a classic exposition of the Marxist theory of ideology.[2]




  • Berlin, Isaiah; Ryan, Alan; Carver, Terrell (1995). Karl Marx: His Life and Environment. London: Fontana Press. ISBN 0-00-686339-6. 
  • Abercrombih, Nicholas (1982). "Marx's Theory of Ideology". Sociology. 16 (4).   – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
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