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Aaron Benanav & John Clegg

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 99: Crisis and Immiseration: Critical Theory Today

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Crisis and Immiseration: Critical Theory Today
Crisis and Immiseration: Critical Theory Today
Aaron Benanav John Clegg
This Topsy-Turvy World

The late 1960s saw an efflorescence of dissident Marxisms across Europe: operaismo in Italy, situationnisme in France, and what would become the Neue Marx-Lektüre in Germany. Marxian orthodoxy had entered into crisis after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. A ‘new left’ was now groping for new ideas, and a wave of worker–student revolts, erupting worldwide in 1968, seemed to require a critical theory of post-war capitalism adequate to the practical critique taking shape in the factories and on the streets. Just as a previous high-point of theoretical production in the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917 had seen a revival ...

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