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Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose-and, if at all possible, cure-the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations. This Very Short Introduction sheds light on the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Bronner explains and discusses concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressive tolerance, non-identity and utopia. He argues for the introduction of new categories and perspectives for illuminating the obstacles to progressive change and focusing upon hidden transformative possibilities. Only a critique of critical theory can render it salient for a new age. That is precisely what this very short introduction provides.

About the Author

Stephen Eric Bronner is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director for Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: What is Critical Theory?

Chapter 1: The Frankfurt School

Chapter 2: A Matter of Method

Chapter 3: Alienation and Reification

Chapter 4: Enlightened Illusions

Chapter 5: Utopia and its Discontents

Chapter 6: The Happy Consciousness

Chapter 7: The Great Refusal

Chapter 8: From Resignation to Renewal

Further Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199730070
Author:
Bronner, Stephen Eric
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Stephen Eric
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Politics
Subject:
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.8 x 0.4 in 0.25 lb

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