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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 20: Hans-Jürgen Krahl: Social Constitution and Class Struggle
Hans-Jürgen Krahl: Social Constitution and Class Struggle
Hans-Jürgen Krahl (1943–70) has fallen into oblivion. If he is ever mentioned, it is usually as the rebellious student of Theodor W. Adorno who turned against his teacher during the student demonstrations of the late 1960s, and in so doing, revealed a supposed rupture between critical theory and emancipatory praxis. The tipping point of the conflict was the occupation of the Institut für Sozialforschung in January 1969, led by Krahl, which eventually caused Adorno to call the police.1 It is said that Adorno asked for a can of spray paint during the occupation, as he also wanted to write graffiti that read: ‘This Krahl is inhabited ...