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Althusser, however, does not pose or answer these questions. R. Whilst these divisions are not equivalent to the relations of production, it should not be thought that they are inconsequential for the development of the relations of production. The conditions of the displacement of these divisions should be investigated. It can be argued that these divisions rest not upon specific relations of production but upon what Marx calls the division of mental and manual labour and what he calls the division between town and country.

Ideology represents the making ofhistory in an alienated mode. Alienation is the displacement of immediacy, the creation of social relations which involve the mediation of the subject's product (history) to it in forms it does not recognise. Constitutivity is displaced, the subject is no longer constitutive of or to itself. Men are the authors of their social relations but the conditions under which they make them means that their product escapes them. Alienation is a necessary part of history.

These conceptions of ideology as a misrepresentation of reality involve certain important theoretical consequences, and I shall briefly dwell on these. Firstly, this position involves a conception of knowledge as being formed through the consciousness or experience of human subjects; ideology is then a distorted perception of reality by these knowing subjects. e. knowledge is derived from a subject's experience of an object which is exterior to it. So in order for the thesis that ideology is a distorted recognition of reality to be sustained, it must be argued that the process of knowledge described by empiricism is a real process, though it leads to 'false' results.

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