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.

Workerism and Critical Theory

Workerism and Critical Theory

Workerism and Critical Theory
Vincent Chanson Frédéric Monferrand Memphis Krickeberg

Workerism and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory played a crucial part in the development of the 1960s Italian and German extra-parliamentary left. Both attempted to reactivate the meaning of the Marxian concept of ‘critique’. This chapter explores the conceptions of critique developed by these two traditions in order to establish a critical dialogue between them.1

Frankfurt School Critical Theory, with Dialectic of Enlightenment2 as its fundamental text, intends to account for the failure of the post-1917 revolutionary period, for the rise of authoritarian and fascist political phenomena as well as for the processes of mass culture and integration which characterize its concept ...

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