The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes:
- Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society
- Volume II: Themes
- Volume III: Contexts
This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
SAGE Publications; June 2018
- ISBN: 9781526455642
- Edition: 1
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- Title: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory
- Author: Beverley Best (ed.); Werner Bonefeld (ed.); Chris O'Kane (ed.)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
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The Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory is and will be essential for anyone who wants to approach, study in depth and orientate oneself in that which falls under the name of critical theory. The authors of this volumes, extending the basis of the foundation of critical theory to include thinkers such as Bloch, Benjamin, Lukács, Kracauer, Sohn-Rethel, and others, give us more of an image of a large bush than that of a tree whose roots are planted in the city of Frankfurt alone. In this way, critical theory is de-provincialized, meeting Bolívar Echeverría and Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez; and it branches out further in its encounter with contemporary social and political movements and theories, including feminism and gendered dynamics of social reproduction. Through the voices of these great volumes, critical theory acquires new vitality from its dialogue with other traditions and critical discourses of capitalist modernity, showing that it is capable of transforming itself based on the variety of contemporary contexts.