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: Contexts of Critical Theory

Introduction: Contexts of Critical Theory

Introduction: Contexts of Critical Theory
Beverley Best Werner Bonefeld Chris O'Kane

Volume 3 is entitled ‘Contexts of Critical Theory’. It brings together two distinct contributions. First, it discusses how critical theory emerged and developed in dialogue with and through the critique of other traditions and discourses, some of which it appropriated and transformed such as Marxism and psychoanalysis, others by way of challenging, critiquing or indeed polemically rejecting them. Second, it explores how critical theory lives on in a variety of contemporary contexts, likewise either by illuminating them critically, or negating them conceptually, or opposing them polemically. Volume 3 comprises three sections on the contexts of its emergence, the contexts of ...

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