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.

Space, Form, and Urbanity

Space, Form, and Urbanity

Space, Form, and Urbanity
Greig Charnock

(Social) space is a (social) product. (Lefebvre, 1991: 26)

By its actions, this society no longer accepts space as a container, but produces it; we do not live, act and work ‘in’ space so much as by living, acting, and working we produce space. (Smith, 2008: 116)

In its most general sense, Critical Theory aims to critique existing society as well as ‘traditional’ theories of that society: more precisely, it aims to ‘penetrate the world of things to show the underlying relations between persons’ (Aronowitz, 2015: 106) – to reveal the ‘human bottom of nonhuman things’ (Horkheimer, 2002: 142). Critical Theory thus attaches to ‘critique’ a very specific meaning (Bonefeld, 2001). Given that in ...

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