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Critical Social Theory

First Edition


December 2016 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this accomplished, sophisticated and up-to-date account of the state of critical social theory today, Craig Browne explores the key concepts in critical theory (like critique, ideology, and alienation), and crucially, goes on to relate them to major contemporary developments such as globalization, social conflict and neo-liberal capitalism.

Critical theory here is not solely the work of Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse and Habermas. The book begins with the Frankfurt School but uses this as a base to then explore more contemporary figures such as:

  • Nancy Fraser
  • Axel Honneth
  • Luc Boltanski
  • Cornelius Castoriadis
  • Ulrich Beck
  • Anthony Giddens
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Hannah Arendt

A survey of critical social theory for our times, this is an essential guide for students wishing to grasp a critical understanding of social theory in the modern world. 

 
Introduction
 
A New Nexus of Social Change?
 
From the Critique of Objectification to the Reconceptualization of Alienation
 
System Integration and Social Disintegration
 
The End of Immanent Critique?
 
Positive Liberty and Social Justice
 
Social Freedom and Social Autonomy
 
Conclusion

Sample Materials & Chapters

Browne - Critical Social Theory - Chapter 1


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