Ideological Institution

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Ideological Institutions are "special instruments of... thought control that are staffed and/or controlled by those who" benefit from and therefore seek to, consciously and with considerable vigour, maintain systems that provide them with “special privileges and wealth."[1]

Related Terms

Ideological Institution > Archetypes, Hidden Curriculum, Hollywood, Mode of Exploitation, Symbol Factory


The modern education system, the Walt Disney Corp., Marvel Studies, and the Catholic church are all ideological institutions.[2]


  1. Ruyle, Eugene E. “Mode of Production and Mode of Exploitation: The Mechanical and the Dialectical.” Dialectical Anthropology 1, no. 1 (1975): 7–23. p. 11
  2. Sosteric, Mike. “A Short Sociology of Archetypes,” Unpublished.