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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.
Chapter 5: Henryk Grossmann: Theory of Accumulation and Breakdown
Henryk Grossmann: Theory of Accumulation and Breakdown
Like most of the central figures of the Frankfurt Institute, Henryk Grossman came from a wealthy Jewish family: his father was ‘a small industrialist and a mine owner’.1 He was born in 1881 in Kraków, in the Austrian-Hungarian province of Galicia (transformed after the First World War into part of Poland). As a university student (enrolled in the law and philosophy faculties) he became involved in revolutionary politics, becoming active in the Polish Social Democratic Party and helping to found the Jewish Social Democratic Party of Galicia (unusually for someone of his class background, ‘Grossman learned Yiddish, so he could agitate among Jewish workers’2). In 1908, ...