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The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Three Volume Set
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Sociology (General)

June 2018 | 1 800 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.
VOLUME 01: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society

Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld and Chris O'Kane
Chapter 1: Introduction: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society
SECTION 01: The Frankfurt  School and Critical theory
John Abromeit
Chapter 2: Max Horkheimer and the Early Model of Critical Theory
Christoph Hesse
Chapter 3: Leo Löwenthal: Last Man Standing
Kieran Durkin
Chapter 4: Erich Fromm: Psychoanalysis and the Fear of Freedom
Paul Mattick
Chapter 5: Henryk Grossmann: Theory of Accumulation and Breakdown
Karsten Olson
Chapter 6: Franz L. Neumann’s Behemoth: A Materialist Voice in the Gesamtgestalt of Fascist Studies
Frank Schale, Lisa Klingsporn and Hubertus Buchstein
Chapter 7: Otto Kirchheimer: Capitalist State, Political Parties and Political Justice
David Kaufmann
Chapter 8: The Image of Benjamin
Marcel Stoetzler
Chapter 9: Dialectic of Enlightenment. Philosophical Fragments.
Charles Reitz
Chapter 10: Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism
Nico Bobka and Dirk Braunstein
Chapter 11: Theodor W. Adorno and Negative Dialectics
SECTION 02: Theoretical Elaborations of a Critical Social Theory
Cat Moir
Chapter 12: Ernst Bloch: The Principle of Hope
Eric-John Russell
Chapter 13: Georg Lukács: An Actually Existing Antinomy
Ansgar Martins
Chapter 14: Siegfried Kracauer: Documentary Realist and Critic of Ideological “Homelessness”
Christian Voller
Chapter 15: Alfred Seidel and the Nihilisation of Nihilism: A contribution to the prehistory of the Frankfurt School
Hubertus Buchstein
Chapter 16: Arkadij Gurland: Political Science as Critical Theory
Frank Engster and Oliver Schlaudt
Chapter 17: Alfred Sohn-Rethel: Real Abstraction and the Unity of Commodity-Form and Thought Form
Hermann Kocyba
Chapter 18: Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature
Richard Langston
Chapter19: Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge: From the Underestimated Subject to the Political Constitution of Commonwealth
Jordi Maiso
Chapter 20: Hans-Jürgen Krahl: Social Constitution and Class Struggle
Stephan Grigat
Chapter 21: Johannes Agnoli: Subversive Thought, the Critique of the State and (Post-)Fascism
Ingo Elbe
Chapter 22: Helmut Reichelt and the New Reading of Marx
Riccardo Bellofiore & Tommaso Redolfi Riva
Chapter 23: Hans-Georg Backhaus: The Critique of Premonetary Theories of Value and the Perverted Forms of Economic Reality
Christoph Henning
Chapter 24: Jürgen Habermas: Against Obstacles to Public Debates
SECTION 03: Critical Reception and Further Developments
Andrew Brower Latz
Chapter 25: Gillian Rose: The Melancholy Science
Andrés Saenz De Sicilia
Chapter 26: Bolívar Echeverría: Critical Discourse and Capitalist Modernity
Stefan Gandler
Chapter 27: Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez: Philosophy of Praxis as Critical Theory
Nicholas Brown
Chapter 28: Roberto Schwarz: : Mimesis Beyond Realism
Pedro Rocha de Oliveira
Chapter 29: Aborted and/or Completed Modernization: Introducing Paulo Arantes
Carolyn Lesjak
Chapter 30: Fredric Jameson
Elena Louisa Lange
Chapter 31: Moishe Postone: Marx's Critique of Political Economy as Immanent Social Critique
Ana Cecilia Dinerstein
Chapter 32: John Holloway: The Theory of Interstitial Revolution
Claudia Leeb
Chapter 33: Radical Political or Neo-Liberal Imaginary? Nancy Fraser Revisited
Michael J. Thompson
Chapter 34: Axel Honneth and Critical Theory
VOLUME 02: Themes

Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld and Chris O'Kane
Chapter 35: Introduction: Key Themes in Context of the Twentieth Century
SECTION 04: State, Economy, Society
Lars Heitmann
Chapter 36: Society as “Totality”: On the negative-dialectical presentation of capitalist socialization
Sami Khatib
Chapter 37: Society and Violence
José A. Zamora
Chapter 38: Society and History
Samir Gandesha
Chapter 39: Totality and Technological Form
Sebastian Truskolaski
Chapter 40: Materialism
Julia Jopp and Ansgar Martins
Chapter 41: Theology and Materialism
Tom Houseman
Chapter 42: Social Constitution and Class
Alexander Neupert-Doppler
Chapter 43: Critical Theory and Utopian Thought
Stefan Gandler
Chapter 44: Praxis, Nature, Labour
Frank Engster
Chapter 45: Critical Theory and Epistemological and Social-Economical Critique
Patrick Murray
Chapter 46: Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: From Critical Political Economy to the Critique of Political Economy
Josh Robinson
Chapter 47: The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society
Lars Fischer
Chapter 48: The Frankfurt School and Fascism
Alexander Neupert-Doppler
Chapter 49: Society and Political Form
Hans-Ernst Schiller
Chapter50: The Administered World
Andreas Harms
Chapter 51: Commodity Form and the Form of Law
Amy Swiffen
Chapter 52: Walter Benjamin’s Concept of Law
Mark Neocleous
Chapter 53: Security and Police
James Murphy
Chapter 54: On the Authoritarian Personality
Lars Fischer
Chapter 55: Antisemitism and the Critique of Capitalism
Christopher Chen
Chapter 56: Race and the Politics of Recognition
Benjamin Y. Fong and Scott Jenkins
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
SECTION 05: Culture and Aesthetics
Christian Lotz
Chapter 58: The Culture Industry
Matthew Charles
Chapter 59: Erziehung: The Critical Theory of Education and Counter-Education
Johan Hartle
Chapter 60: Aesthetics and its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm
Isabelle Klasen
Chapter 61: Rather no art than socialist realism Adorno, Beckett and Brecht
Matthias Rothe
Chapter 62: Adorno's Brecht: The Other Origin of Negative Dialectics
Mathias Nilges
Chapter 63: Critical Theory and Literary Theory
Johannes von Moltke
Chapter 64: Cinema – Spectacle – Modernity
Murray Dineen
Chapter 65: On Music and Dissonance: Hinge
Marina Vishmidt
Chapter 66: Art, Technology, and Repetition
Owen Hulatt
Chapter 67: On Ideology, Aesthetics, and Critique
VOLUME 03: Contexts

Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld, and Chris O’Kane
Chapter 68: Introduction: Contexts of Critical Theory
SECTION 06: Contexts of the emergence of Critical Theory
Jan Hoff
Chapter 69: Marx, Marxism, Critical Theory
Felix Baum
Chapter 70: The Frankfurt School and Council Communism
Anders Ramsay
Chapter 71: Positivism
Oliver Schlaudt
Chapter 72: Critical Theory and the Sociology of Knowledge: Diverging Cultures of Reflexivity
Klaus Lichtblau
Chapter 73: Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology
Philip Hogh
Chapter 74: Critical Theory and the Philosophy of Language
Inara Luisa Marin
Chapter 75: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory
Dennis Johannßen
Chapter 76: Humanism and Anthropology from Walter Benjamin to Ulrich Sonnemann
Jasper Bernes
Chapter 77: Art and Revolution
SECTION 07: Contexts of the later developments of Critical Theory
Anselm Jappe
Chapter 78: The Spectacle and the Culture Industry, the Transcendence of Art and the Autonomy of Art: Some Parallels between Theodor Adorno’s and Guy Debord’s Critical Concepts
Vincent Chanson and Frédéric Monferrand
Chapter 79: Workerism and Critical Theory
Christos Memos
Chapter 80: Open Marxism and Critical Theory: Negative Critique and Class as Critical Concept
Christian Lotz
Chapter 81: Post-Marxism
Tom Bunyard
Chapter 82: Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Gudrun-Axeli Knapp
Chapter 83: Constellations of Critical Theory and Feminist Critique
Richard Gunn and Adrian Wilding
Chapter 84: Critical Theory and Recognition
Asha Varadharajan
Chapter 85: 'Ideas with Broken Wings': Critical Theory and Postcolonial Theory
Frieder Vogelmann
SECTION 86: Biopolitics as a Critical Diagnosis
Shannon Brincat
Chapter 87: Critical International Relations Theory
Greig Charnock
Chapter 88: Space, Form, and Urbanity
Marcel Stoetzler
Chapter 89: Critical theory and the critique of anti-imperialism
Nick Dyer-Witheford
Chapter 90: Mass Culture and the Internet
Michelle Yates
Chapter 91: Environmentalism and the Domination of Nature
Roswitha Scholz
Chapter 92: Feminist Critical Theory and the Problem of (Counter)Enlightenment in the Decay of Capitalist Patriarchy
Amy De'Ath
Chapter 93: Gender and Social Reproduction
Gerhard Scheit
Chapter 94: Rackets
Joshua Clover
Chapter 95: Subsumption and Crisis
Amy Chun Kim
Chapter 96: The Figure of Crisis in Critical Theory
Charles Prusik
Chapter 97: Neoliberalism: Critical Theory as Natural-History
Sergio Tischler Visquerra and Alfonso Galileo García Vela
Chapter 98: On Emancipation…
Aaron Benanav and John Clegg
Chapter 99: Crisis and Immiseration: critical theory today

The Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory is and will be essential for anyone who wants to approach, study in depth and orientate oneself in that which falls under the name of critical theory. The authors of this volumes, extending the basis of the foundation of critical theory to include thinkers such as Bloch, Benjamin, Lukács, Kracauer, Sohn-Rethel, and others, give us more of an image of a large bush than that of a tree whose roots are planted in the city of Frankfurt alone. In this way, critical theory is de-provincialized, meeting Bolívar Echeverría and Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez; and it branches out further in its encounter with contemporary social and political movements and theories, including feminism and gendered dynamics of social reproduction. Through the voices of these great volumes, critical theory acquires new vitality from its dialogue with other traditions and critical discourses of capitalist modernity, showing that it is capable of transforming itself based on the variety of contemporary contexts.

Professor Massimiliano Tomba
Università di Padova

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory is a superb collection of high-quality essays on a vast array of aspects of the theoretical programs and empirical research conducted at or in relation to the Institute of Social Research, founded in Frankfurt almost a century ago.  The authors of the essays include prominent proponents, careful students, and sophisticated critics of critical theory.  At a time when the uncompromising contributions to illuminating the contradictions and paradoxes of modern societies – by both the classics (including Horkheimer, Adorno, and Marcuse) and more recent representatives of this complex tradition – constitute a model for research that is determined to “make a difference,” the SAGE Handbook will be an indispensable and lasting resource scholars and researchers should – and will – return to frequently.

Professor Harry F. Dahms
University of Tennessee

This handbook reminds us that authority and oppression must be fought not only through rhetoric and language dispositive, but through an integral social program, empirically and theoretically attentive to economic, psychological and sociocultural phenomena. 

The structure of the edition is another proof of the work’s excellency. Choosing simplicity, each volume but the second is divided into three parts. The articles that comprise these volumes are not only carefully selected, but as conceptually consistent and deep as the premises announced in the introduction to the first volume show.

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