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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 14: Siegfried Kracauer: Documentary Realist and Critic of Ideological ‘Homelessness’
Siegfried Kracauer: Documentary Realist and Critic of Ideological ‘Homelessness’
Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966) was born into a Jewish family in Frankfurt.1 Following his parents’ wishes, he studied architecture, yet even then his true interests lay elsewhere, as his early engagement with Georg Simmel and phenomenology indicates. Already as a student, Kracauer wrote substantial philosophical texts, yet these would be published only in 2004. Viewed as a maverick by most established academics throughout his professional life, Kracauer enjoyed broad acclaim in the 1920s as a journalist working for Germany’s then foremost (liberal) daily, the Frankfurter Zeitung. In this prestigious capacity, he developed meaningful intellectual relationships with Benjamin, Bloch, ...