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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, ...

Social Constitution and Class
Social Constitution and Class
Tom Houseman

Critical theory is not well known for its interest in phenomena such as class, which are conventionally held to belong to political economy. This is partly due to the attention-grabbing influence of the philosophical, sociological, cultural and aesthetic analyses produced by members of the Frankfurt School, which contributed to a popular misconception that critical theory marks a departure from the traditional heartland of Marxist thought. The apparent distance from Marxism was exacerbated by the strategic veiling of references to Marxist theory throughout the work of Adorno and Horkheimer in particular (Wiggershaus, 1994: 401; Rubin, 2002: 174–5), but also by a tendency to assume that Friedrich Pollock’s work on political economy spoke for ...

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