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.

Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis1

Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis1

Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis
Frieder Vogelmann

Why include a chapter on ‘biopolitics’ in the Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory? Two reasons seem to speak against it: first, there is not a single work concentrating on ‘biopolitics’ from a canonical Frankfurt School-style critical theorist. In spite of the many disagreements in the debate on ‘biopolitics’, its starting point2 is routinely tracked to Michel Foucault’s conclusion in Le Volonté de Savoir3 that since the late nineteenth century we live in a new era of politics in which ‘the life of the species is waged on its own political strategies’ (Foucault, 1978 [1976], hereafter HS1: 143). The debate on ‘biopolitics’ is still prolific, even though Foucault almost completely ...

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