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.

Security and Police

Security and Police

Security and Police
Mark Neocleous

The history of bourgeois modernity is a history in which security occupies centre stage. This is clear from both the long tradition of bourgeois political thought and the extensive reiteration of security by contemporary politicians: from Thomas Hobbes to David Cameron, so to speak. From Hobbes we get the idea that the only solution to the insecurity of the state of nature is a contract exchanging our obedience to the Leviathan for the security it is expected to offer; the state takes centre stage as the provider of the one thing all humans are said to desire. From Cameron we get the idea, delivered in his 2015 Christmas message to the nation, that ‘if ...

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