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Frankfurt School

  • By: Stephen T. Schroth & Michael J. Whitt
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

The Frankfurt School is a school of social theory, primarily affiliated with scholars at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt am Main. Initially centered on the beliefs of neo-Marxists who disagreed with the narrow selection of Marx's thoughts generally made popular, the Frankfurt School broke from the dogma adhered to by traditional communist parties. Dissatisfied by both traditional capitalism and Marxism, followers of the Frankfurt School crafted an alternative path to social development. Members of the Frankfurt School were distressed by the conditions that affected social change and influenced the establishment of rational institutions. The Frankfurt School influenced greatly early proponents of the environmental movement and advocates for sustainable development, especially with their critiques of institutions, the despoliation of the planet, ...

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