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Critical Theory

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 217
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Traditions in Social Theory

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This book examines the intellectual contribution made by Frankfurt School Critical Theory to our understanding of modern life. Thematically organized and offering a strong mix of historical and contemporary material, it...

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This book examines the intellectual contribution made by Frankfurt School Critical Theory to our understanding of modern life. Thematically organized and offering a strong mix of historical and contemporary material, it considers the work of both the first and second generation. While the work of the latter is often taken to exceed that of the former, the author suggests that insights gleaned by both, regarding the human subject, offer a significant alternative to post-modern ideas.

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Emphasis on value of critical theory today, without underplaying the historical context in which the theory was developed
Written in plain, flowing prose, laced with a wealth of examples, which successfully make clear the meaning and significance of difficult ideas without talking down to the reader
Wide potential readership across a number of disciplines

Foreword.- Introduction.- PART 1: HISTORICAL CONTOURS Early Days, Early Doubts: From Optimism to Ambiguity.- Disillusion and the Rise of the Nietzschean Streak.- The Reconstruction of Critical Theory: From Ideology Critique to Communicative Reason.- PART 2: SUBSTANTIVE IDEAS: THE FIRST GENERATION Rationalisation as Reification.- Critical Theory, the Family and the Narcissistic Personality.- PART 3: SUBSTANTIVE IDEAS: THE SECOND GENERATION Overcoming the Impasse: Habermas's Reconstruction of Critical Theory.- Critical Theory and Postmodernism.- PART 4: CONCLUSION Why Read Critical Theory?.- Further Reading.- Bibliography.
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ALAN HOW is Curriculum Leader for undergraduate sociology and Course Leader for the Masters programme at University College Worcester. His previous book is The Habermas-Gadamer Debate and the Nature of the Social (1995).

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ALAN HOW is Curriculum Leader for undergraduate sociology and Course Leader for the Masters programme at University College Worcester. His previous book is The Habermas-Gadamer Debate and the Nature of the Social (1995).

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