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On the other hand, the family manifests a surprising resilience - organizing and re-organizing itself in the face ofthese economic, social and political forces. "3 44 HOUSE DIVIDED The obvious question that presents itself is the meaning of the family's persistence . How do the contradictions we observe within the family reflect the contradictions within capitalism itself? And how are the needs of family members fulfilled (or unfulfilled) by the family under capitalism? Poster's book is written at a time when such questions are foremost in our minds, and his answer is to propose a critical theory of the family -precisely what is needed .

This "double articulation," as Kristeva calls it, in which the semiotic material of pre-subjective existence is ordered in the relations of the symbolic realm, constitutes the structure of signifying practice - the lived experience of the subject . Signifying practice - which constitutes the ideological field - brings together the social and the psychical, the subject and the anti-subject, but only as fixed moments in a continuing process of disjuncture of the semiotic from the symbolic - a disjuncture that can, in the failure of ideology, produce disruption of the social formation .

Both individuals obviously have socially constituted consciousnesses, yet there is a fundamental mystification in the consumer's attitude to the ad, compared to that of the ad's critic. Both individuals may act: the consumer impelled by the frustration of expectations and desire, the critic motivated by the recognition of oppression. , an analog to class consciousness) . The point of this very simple example is to align the notion of "self-consciousness" with that of demystification of ideology.

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