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The Rise of the Global ImaginaryPolitical Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror$
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Manfred B. Steger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286942

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286942.001.0001

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Third-World Liberationism and Other Cold War Isms: No End to Ideology

Third-World Liberationism and Other Cold War Isms: No End to Ideology

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The Rise of the Global Imaginary

Manfred B. Steger

Oxford University Press

World War generated in the minds of of hundreds of millions of people around the world a profound sense of rupture with the preceding era. Charles Taylor argues that new ideas and theories generated by social elites sometimes manage to seep into the dominant social imaginary. At the same time, he emphasises that the transformative power of such ideational clusters depends to a significant degree on their correspondence to their existing social contexts. Taking root in people's minds in response to experienced needs, these new ideas become applied in the expanding sphere of common action. In 1955, with the decolonisation process and the Cold War in full swing, an obscure Scandinavian political scientist published a short article that amounted to the opening salvo in what came to be known in the West as the ‘end-of-ideology’ debate.

Keywords:   social imaginary, end-of-ideology, liberationism, Cold War, ideology, global imaginary, Third World, First World, Hayekism

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