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.

‘Ideas with Broken Wings’:1 Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory

‘Ideas with Broken Wings’:1 Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory

‘Ideas with Broken Wings’: Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory
Asha Varadharajan

The Frankfurt School: Why Now?

In his 22 September 2014 essay in The New Yorker, Alex Ross wrote, ‘If Adorno were to look upon the cultural landscape of the twenty-first century, he might take grim satisfaction in seeing his fondest fears realized’. Two years later, Ross would comment, with both rue and bitterness in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, ‘I spoke too soon. His moment of vindication is arriving now’ (2016). Ross’s account of Adorno and Benjamin’s ‘skeptical ardor’ and ‘relentless scouring of mundane surfaces’ as well as his acuity in characterizing their contribution to thought as a ‘dialectic of ...

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