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Interpellation (from Latin interpellat- 'interrupted [by speech]') is in original meaning an interruption of the day order in a parliament by demanding an explanation from a government official such as, for example, the minister, of his action.

Another sense, in philosophy, was coined by French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser, who used this word as a term describing the process by which ideology addresses an individual.[1][2]


  1. Interpellation. the University of Washington. Retrieved on October 17, 2013.
  2. Peter Brooker (1999). A Concise Glossary of Cultural Theory: Arnold Student Reference. Arnold, 250. ISBN 978-034-069-1472.