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.

Introduction: Key Themes in the Context of the Twentieth Century

Introduction: Key Themes in the Context of the Twentieth Century

Introduction: Key Themes in the Context of the Twentieth Century
Beverley Best Werner Bonefeld Chris O'Kane


This Volume brings together contributions that explore the key themes of critical theory by means of conceptual argument. Volume 2 serves as a bridge between the chapters on Key Texts and Contributions in Volume 1 and the chapters on Contexts in Volume 3. Volume 2 develops the thematic concerns and analytical insights of the critical theorists and Volume 3 expounds the theoretical context in which critical theory first developed and explores its further development in a contemporary context.

The title of this Volume was chosen because critical theory emerged and developed ...

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