Critical Theory, Marxism and Modernity

Critical Theory, Marxism and Modernity

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In this work, Douglas Kellner brings new light to bear upon the development and contemporary implications of critical theory. The origins of critical theory, he argues, were connected to the transition from classical to state-organized capitalism. While some of the perspectives of critical theory are vital to social analysis today, in other basic respects the approach of critical theory must be updated to be able to confront the changes which have intervened in Western society over the past quarter of a century. The dialectical revision of Marxian theory carried out by the Frankfurt authors must now be applied to their own works to generate a critical interpretation of today's social world. This, Kellner argues, requires a reassessment of the previous critical theory analysis of contemporary capitalism through new perspectives which take account of developments in consumer, media, technological, cultural and other spheres of what Kellner calls "techno-capitalism".show more

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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • index
  • 0745604390
  • 9780745604398

Table of contents

Theory, Politics, and History; From Supradisciplinary Materialism to Critical Theory; State, Society, Economy - New Theories of Capitalism and Fascism; From Dialectic of Enlightenment to the Authoritarian Personality - Critical Theory in the 1940s; From "Authentic Art" to the Culture of Industries - Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Culture; From the Consumer Society to Postmodernism - Critical Theory and the Vicissitudes of Capitalism; Techno-Capitalism; Theory and Practice - The Politics of Critical more

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"Kellner's ambitious and useful book attempts not only to provide a conspectus of critical theory, but to carry forward what he takes to be its essential design -- to 'do' critical theory as well as to analyze it." -- Berel Lang, Philosophy and Literatureshow more

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