Ideology and Law

Hugh Collins

in Marxism and Law

Published in print October 1984 | ISBN: 9780192851444
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670534 | DOI:

Series: Marxist Introductions

Ideology and Law

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This chapter looks at the problem of consciousness in order to analyse the Marxist explanation of how the ruling class know how to rule, and in particular how they use law as an instrument of class oppression. The first section elaborates upon the Marxist theory of ideology. It does this in order to demonstrate the plausibility of the contention that a common perception of self-interest emerges within the dominant class. It then considers the merits of such a claim when confronted with the variety of laws and legal systems.

Keywords: Marxism; theory of law; theory of ideology; class reductionism; class oppression; autonomy

Chapter.  16947 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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