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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, ...

On the Authoritarian Personality
On the Authoritarian Personality
James Murphy
Introduction

The authoritarian personality – or, in some cases, the authoritarian character – was a category deployed by the Frankfurt School in the early twentieth century to name the relationship between the effects of late capitalist society on the personality structure of individuals and the rise of fascism in the industrialized west. Introduced by Erich Fromm in the 1920s in order to try and make sense of why the German working class switched so quickly from the left to the right after the failure of the German Revolution, the concept quickly came to occupy a prominent position in the glossary of terms with which the developing Frankfurt School for Social Research sought to ...

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