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Critical Theory and Social Pathology: The Frankfurt School Beyond Recognition (Critical Theory and Contemporary Society) (Hardcover)

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In the neoliberal world of the twenty-first century, the progressive academy urgently needs a vehicle for normative social research. Critical theory once answered this call, but today its programme is in crisis. The 'pathologies of recognition' approach, popular among contemporary critical theorists, aids neoliberalism rather than challenging it, in part because it is unable to grasp the structural nature of power.

To offer an alternative, this book returns to the work of Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse, using it as the basis for a revivified social theoretical foundation. As the first generation of critical theorists knew, thought itself can be reified, our imaginations debased, and our desires artificially induced. We need to think beyond recognition and embrace a more potent and aggressive form of social critique, true to the founding spirit of the Frankfurt School.

About the Author


Neal Harris is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526154736
ISBN-10: 1526154730
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Critical Theory and Contemporary Society