This newly-found obscurity forces me to summarize his work before suggesting a few (minor) modifications to it.

With the exception of Nietzsche, no other madman has contributed so much to human sanity as has Louis Althusser. He is mentioned twice in the Encyclopaedia Britannica as someone’s teacher. There could be no greater lapse: for two important decades (the 60s and the 70s), Althusser was at the eye of all the important cultural storms. He fathered quite a few of them.
This newly-found obscurity forces me to summarize his work before suggesting a few (minor) modifications to it.

The economic structure is determinant but another structure could be dominant, depending on the historical conjuncture.

Determination (now called over-determination – see Note) specifies the form of economic production upon which the dominant practice depends.

Put otherwise: the economic is determinant not because the practices of the social formation (political and ideological) are the social formation’s expressive epiphenomena – but because it determines WHICH of them is dominant.

The economic structure is determinant but another structure could be dominant, depending on the historical conjuncture. Determination (now called over-determination – see Note) specifies the form of economic production upon which the dominant practice depends. Put otherwise: the economic is determinant not because the practices of the social formation (political and ideological) are the social formation’s expressive epiphenomena – but because it determines WHICH of them is dominant.

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The economic structure is determinant but another structure could be dominant, depending on the historical conjuncture. Determination (now called over-determination – see Note) specifies the form of economic production upon which the dominant practice depends. Put otherwise: the economic is determinant not because the practices of the social formation (political and ideological) are the social formation’s expressive epiphenomena – but because it determines WHICH of them is dominant.

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(2) People relate to the conditions of existence through the practice of ideology. Contradictions are smoothed over and (real) problems are offered false (though seemingly true) solutions. Thus, ideology has a realistic dimension – and a dimension of representations (myths, concepts, ideas, images). There is (harsh, conflicting) reality – and the way that we represent it both to ourselves