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.
Fredric Jameson’s work might best be characterized as a series of political and methodological commitments: to Marxism, dialectics, historical materialism, narrative, the aesthetic, and the utopian. An unrepentant dialectician who continues to insist on the particular efficacy of dialectical criticism in the current moment, Jameson espouses an assertion he made in one of his earliest books, Marxism and Form (1971), namely, that ‘the great themes of Hegel’s philosophy – the relationship of part to whole, the opposition between concrete and abstract, the concept of totality, the dialectic of appearance and essence, the interaction between subject and object – are once again the order of the day’ (xix). Although this pronouncement came in 1971 at a time ...