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6 - Reconstructing Legal Ideology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 February 2022

Weidong Ji
Affiliation:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Xi Lin
Affiliation:
Fudan University, Shanghai
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Generally speaking, ideology is as much a concept with a strong sense of politics, as a system of beliefs that is class-based, especially the ruling class. Nevertheless, Manheim’s redefinition of ideology from the perspective of the sociology of knowledge (Wissenssoziologie) has greatly expanded its connotations and extensions (Mannheim 1936, 2009). A wider conception of ideology can be put forward here, considering the sea changes occurring in China’s society and economic structures since reform and opening-up in 1978, as well as such ground-breaking statements made by the Chinese Communist Party during its Fourth Plenum of the Eighteenth Party Congress “to regulate and restrain public power” and “to improve the public credibility of the judiciary.” Ideology can be defined as principles, values, morality, political conceptions, or even scientific knowledge knitted together with utilitarian ends – all phenomena that can be used by groups and organizations to support their claims, with its scope extended to cover the communal spirit of the legal profession and the principles in legal doctrines.

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Towards the Rule of Law in China
Social Diversification and the Power System
, pp. 257 - 302
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Reconstructing Legal Ideology
  • Weidong Ji, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Translated by Xi Lin, Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Book: Towards the Rule of Law in China
  • Online publication: 24 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687904.008
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  • Reconstructing Legal Ideology
  • Weidong Ji, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Translated by Xi Lin, Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Book: Towards the Rule of Law in China
  • Online publication: 24 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687904.008
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  • Reconstructing Legal Ideology
  • Weidong Ji, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Translated by Xi Lin, Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Book: Towards the Rule of Law in China
  • Online publication: 24 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108687904.008
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