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Marcel Stoetzler

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 89: Critical Theory and the Critique of Anti-Imperialism

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Critical Theory and the Critique of Anti-Imperialism
Critical Theory and the Critique of Anti-Imperialism
Marcel Stoetzler

The rejection of ‘anti-imperialism’ marks one of the most visible and significant differences between ‘Frankfurt School’ Critical Theory and most other tendencies of the Marxist left. The dispute on the meaning and relevance of ‘imperialism’ and ‘anti-imperialism’ is implicated in related discussions on the critique of nation and state, colonialism and post-coloniality, racism and race, and antisemitism. ‘Frankfurt School’ Critical Theory deliberately aims to formulate a critique of the capitalist mode of production that includes the phenomena typically addressed as ‘imperialism’ without recourse to the concept of ‘anti-imperialism’. It takes the perspective that ‘imperialism’ is an intrinsic aspect of the capitalist mode of production rather than ...

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