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Title Critical theory : a very short introduction / Stephen Eric Bronner.
Author Bronner, Stephen Eric, 1949-
Publication New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]
Copyright date ©2011
Description 1 online resource (130 pages) : illustrations.
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Call # eBOOK
Series Very short introductions
Very short introductions.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-121) and index.
Contents Introduction : what is critical theory? -- The Frankfurt school -- A matter of method -- Alienation and reification -- Enlightened illusions -- Utopia and its discontents -- The happy consciousness -- The great refusal -- From resignation to renewal.
Summary Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose-and, if at all possible, cure-the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leading representatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukacs and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations. This Very Short Introduction sheds light on the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Bronner explains and discusses concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressive tolerance, non-identity and utopia. He argues for the introduction of new categories and perspectives for illuminating the obstacles to progressive change and focusing upon hidden transformative possibilities. Only a critique of critical theory can render it salient for a new age. That is precisely what this very short introduction provides.
Note Print version record.
Subject Critical theory.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Regional Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Critical theory. (OCoLC)fst00883690
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Bronner, Stephen Eric, 1949- Critical theory. New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011 9780199730070 (DLC) 2010027472 (OCoLC)729551079
ISBN 9780199830565 (electronic bk.)
0199830568 (electronic bk.)
9780199831852 (electronic bk.)
0199831858 (electronic bk.)

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