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.

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Tom Bunyard


The aim of this chapter is to address some of the connections, differences and tensions that can be discerned between Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. This requires a few brief qualifications. Firstly, one cannot discuss the relationship between such broad and varied bodies of thought without making problematic generalisations. Consequently, and whilst I shall try to nuance the remarks that follow as much as I can, it will need to be taken as read that a good deal of work within both traditions differs from the themes and trends that this chapter will describe. Secondly, and in order to make that problem more manageable, these two fields will need to ...

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