Foundations of Critical Theory

Foundations of Critical Theory : Media, Communication and Society Volume Two

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Fuchs is the world leader in developing a Marxist analysis of communications

This book is written for contemporary students, outlining the key concepts and contemporary debates in critical theory in language they can understand.

Clearly demonstrates the application of theory to the analysis of contemporary social problems
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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 14.99mm | 520g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 Line drawings, black and white; 3 Halftones, black and white; 10 Tables, black and white; 6 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1032057890
  • 9781032057897

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. What is Critical Theory? 3.Friedrich Engels Today 4.Marx's Centenary (1918) in the Light of the Media and Socialist Thought 5. Reflections on Sven-Eric Liedman's Marx-Biography A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx 6. Universal Alienation, Formal and Real Subsumption of Society Under Capital, Ongoing Primitive Accumulation by Dispossession: Reflections on the Marx@200-Debate Between David Harvey and Michael Hardt/Toni Negri 7. Critical Social Theory and Sustainable Development: The Role of Class, Capitalism, and Domination in a Dialectical Analysis of Un/Sustainability 8. The Relevance of C.L.R. James's Dialectical, Marxist-Humanist Philosophy in the Age of Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and Digital Capitalism 9. Cornel West and Marxist Humanism 10. Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Marx 11. Conclusion
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Review Text

Encyclopedic in nature, authoritative, and up to date, Foundations of Critical Theory is a seminal text on critical theory. Covering everyone from Adorno to Žižek, Fuchs focuses upon the humanistic aspects of Marxist theory and the works of modern and contemporary critical theorists. A monumental achievement and an essential book for anyone interested in critical theory.


Arthur Asa Berger, San Francisco State University


The global pandemic has revealed in stark contrast the flaws and failures of neoliberal capitalism. Through a careful revisiting of key elements of and debates in critical theory, Christian Fuchs provides readers with a roadmap for understanding how this approach can inform our search for a more humanist and socialist post-pandemic future. 


David Fasenfest, Editor, Critical Sociology
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Encyclopedic in nature, authoritative, and up to date, Foundations of Critical Theory is a seminal text on critical theory. Covering everyone from Adorno to Zizek, Fuchs focuses upon the humanistic aspects of Marxist theory and the works of modern and contemporary critical theorists. A monumental achievement and an essential book for anyone interested in critical theory.

Arthur Asa Berger, San Francisco State University

The global pandemic has revealed in stark contrast the flaws and failures of neoliberal capitalism. Through a careful revisiting of key elements of and debates in critical theory, Christian Fuchs provides readers with a roadmap for understanding how this approach can inform our search for a more humanist and socialist post-pandemic future.

David Fasenfest, Editor, Critical Sociology
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About Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs is a critical theorist of communication and society. He is co-editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. He is author of many publications, including the books Social Media: A Critical Introduction (third edition 2021), Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory (2020), Marxism: Karl Marx's Fifteen Key Concepts for Cultural & Communication Studies (2020), Nationalism on the Internet: Critical Theory and Ideology in the Age of Social Media and Fake News (2020), Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism (2019), Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter (2016), Digital Labour and Karl Marx (2014), and Internet and Society (2008).
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