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Critical Social Theory

by Craig Browne Sage Publications Ltd
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An accomplished, sophisticated and up-to-date account of the state of critical social theory today. Craig Browne explores the key concepts in critical theory (like critique, ideology, and alienation), and crucially, goes on to relate them to major contemporary developments such as globalisation, social conflict and neo-liberal capitalism.   


Critical theory here is not solely the work of Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse and Habermas. The book begins with the Frankfurt School but uses this as a base to then explore more contemporary figures such as Nancy Fraser, Axel Honneth, Luc Boltanski, Cornelius Castoriadis, Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu and Hannah Arendt. A survey of critical social theory for our times, this is an essential guide for students wishing to grasp a critical understanding of social theory in the modern world.


A New Nexus of Social Change?

System Integration and Social Disintegration

From the Critique of Objectification to a New Conception of Alienation

Postmodernism, Ideology and Rationality

The End of Immanent Critique?

Hope, Critique and Utopia

Civil Solidarity and Social Struggles

Positive Liberty and Social Justice


Craig Browne is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Development Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.