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.

Race and the Politics of Recognition

Race and the Politics of Recognition

Race and the Politics of Recognition
Christopher Chen

Introduction: The Recognition Paradigm and Its Critics

What Canadian political philosopher Charles Taylor has called a ‘politics of recognition’ (1994: 70) continues to shape our understanding of contemporary social movements organized around race, indigeneity, religion, gender, and sexuality. Offering an interpretive framework for understanding political demands for group-differentiated rights, protections, and political representation, the ‘politics of recognition’ is increasingly as contested as it is influential. A theory of both social justice and social harm elaborated by avowed inheritors of Frankfurt School critical theory, this theory long ago gave rise to a portable ‘recognition paradigm’ (Fraser, 2003: 13), in feminist critical theorist Nancy Fraser’s words, that cuts across disciplines. From ...

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