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Of ideological obsessions

Of ideological obsessions

Ade-Ojo, Gordon ORCID: 0000-0002-1098-0765 and Ogunleye, James (2018) Of ideological obsessions. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, 5 (1-3). pp. 4-13. ISSN 2059-4976

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In this article, we argue that there is only a thin line between an obsession to ideology and doctrine formation with its attendant and sometimes inevitable totalitarianism. Because of the sometimes blurred boundaries, particularly between theory and ideology, we suggest that it is easy to unconsciously slip into the realm of ideology even though we assume that we are only playing around with theory or indeed holding a rational position. We argue further that a fastidious adherence to the former can sometimes result in a rigid binary opposition between the self or familiar, which is often eulogised, and the alien which is often castigated. Drawing on critical discussions on various educational issues including literacy practices, issues around language, ideology and discrimination, recent policy developments and issues emerging from significant periods in history, we relate this issue to knowledge enquiry and policy making and conclude that we must utilise theory in its situated and contextualised form in order to reap its full benefit in our knowledge enquiry and policy making endeavours.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ideology, Brexit, Reflections, theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Education Research Group
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 13:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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