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Social Constitution and Class
Social Constitution and Class
Tom Houseman

Critical theory is not well known for its interest in phenomena such as class, which are conventionally held to belong to political economy. This is partly due to the attention-grabbing influence of the philosophical, sociological, cultural and aesthetic analyses produced by members of the Frankfurt School, which contributed to a popular misconception that critical theory marks a departure from the traditional heartland of Marxist thought. The apparent distance from Marxism was exacerbated by the strategic veiling of references to Marxist theory throughout the work of Adorno and Horkheimer in particular (Wiggershaus, 1994: 401; Rubin, 2002: 174–5), but also by a tendency to assume that Friedrich Pollock’s work on political economy spoke for ...

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