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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, ...

Chapter 57: Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism Is Responsible for Your Problems with Your Girlfriend’: On the Use of Psychoanalysis in the Work of the Frankfurt School

Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism Is Responsible for Your Problems with Your Girlfriend’: On the Use of Psychoanalysis in the Work of the Frankfurt School
Society, Regression, Psychoanalysis, or ‘Capitalism Is Responsible for Your Problems with Your Girlfriend’
Benjamin Y. Fong Scott Jenkins
Introduction

The possibility of marrying, fusing, or synthesizing Marxist and Freudian problematics was certainly not unheard of before the Frankfurt School pursued it (and, soon after, became associated with that pursuit). In 1923, young Bolshevik philosopher Bernard Bykhovskii pushed Russian psychoanalysts to justify the compatibility of Freud and Marx, a task quickly taken up by M.A. Reisner, Alexander Luria, and A.B. Zalkind.1 The work of these ‘Soviet Freudians’, allowed by Lenin and encouraged by Trotsky, unfortunately ...

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