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Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism

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Book Series: Critical Digital and Social Media Studies ISBN: 9781912656059 9781912656219 9781912656042 9781912656066 9781912656073 Year: Pages: 298 DOI: 10.16997/book30 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press Grant: University of Westminster
Subject: Political Science --- Psychology --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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After President Trump’s election, BREXIT and the widespread rise of far-Right political parties, much public discussion has intensely focused on populism and authoritarianism. In the middle of the twentieth century, members of the early Frankfurt School prolifically studied and theorized fascism and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States. In this volume, leading European and American scholars apply insights from the early Frankfurt School to present-day authoritarian populism, including the Trump phenomenon and related developments across the globe. Chapters are arranged into three sections exploring different aspects of the topic: theories, historical foundations, and manifestations via social media. Contributions examine the vital political, psychological and anthropological theories of early Frankfurt School thinkers, and how their insights could be applied now amidst the insecurities and confusions of twenty-first century life. The many theorists considered include Adorno, Fromm, Löwenthal and Marcuse, alongside analysis of Austrian Facebook pages and Trump’s tweets and operatic media drama. This book is a major contribution towards deeper understanding of populism’s resurgence in the age of digital capitalism.

Kritische Vernunft für demokratische Transformationen

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Book Series: Politikwissenschaft ISBN: 9783863882860 9783940755209 Year: Pages: 197 DOI: 10.3224/94075520 Language: German
Publisher: Verlag Barbara Budrich
Subject: Political Science
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This book traces a scientific biography and thus reflects the development of gender-sensitive political science: its origins in Critical Theory with its visible connection to its paradigms, political science's preoccupation with work as the central 'crux' of gender-specific theory and politics, the discussion of political socialization as an obstacle and simultaneous starting point for women-specific emancipation, and finally globalization in its significance as an opportunity and danger for a gender-equitable democracy.This is why, for Christine Kulke, this commemorative volume also presents central themes of gender-specific political science: a commemorative volume and a kaleidoscope worth reading.

Critical Theories of Crises in Europe: From Weimar to the Euro

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ISBN: 9781783487455 Year: Pages: 251 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_611731 Language: English
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 312331
Subject: Political Science
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What is to be learned from the chaotic downfall of the Weimar Republic and the erosion of European liberal statehood in the interwar period vis-a-vis the ongoing Europeancrisis? This book analyses and explains the recurrent emergence of crises in European societies. It asks how previous crises can inform our understanding of the present crisis. The particular perspective advanced is that these crises not only are economic and social crises, but must also be understood as crises of public power, order and authority. In other words, it argues that substantial challenges to the functional and normative setup of democracy and the rule of law were central to the emergence and the unfolding of these crises.The book draws on and adds to the rich â crises literatureâ developed within the critical theory tradition to outline a conceptual framework for understanding what societal crises are. The central idea is that societal crises represent a discrepancy between the unfolding of social processes and the institutional frameworks that have been established to normatively stabilize such processes. The crises at issue emerged in periods characterized by strong social, economic and technological transformations as well as situations of political upheaval. As such, the crises represented moments where the existing functional and normative grid of society, as embodied in notions of public order and authority, were severely challenged and in many instances undermined. Seen in this perspective, the book reconstructs how crises unfolded, how they were experienced, and what kind of responses the specific crises in question provoked.

The Institution of Criticism

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ISBN: 9781501707186 Year: Pages: 288 Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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German radicals of the 1960s announced the death of literature. For them, literature both past and present, as well as conventional discussions of literary issues, had lost its meaning. In The Institution of Criticism, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores the implications of this crisis from a Marxist perspective and attempts to define the tasks and responsibilities of criticism in advanced capitalist societies. Hohendahl takes a close look at the social history of literary criticism in Germany since the eighteenth century. Drawing on the tradition of the Frankfurt School and on Jürgen Habermas's concept of the public sphere, Hohendahl sheds light on some of the important political and social forces that shape literature and culture. The Institution of Criticism is made up of seven essays originally published in German and a long theoretical introduction written by the author with English-language readers in mind. This book conveys the rich possibilities of the German perspective for those who employ American and French critical techniques and for students of contemporary critical theory.

Reappraisals

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ISBN: 9780801497063 Year: Pages: 264 Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Subject: History
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Reappraisals is a provocative account of the development of modern critical theory in Germany and the United States. Focusing on the period since World War II, Peter Uwe Hohendahl explores key debates on the function of critical theory, illuminating the diverse positions and alliances among the participants. Bringing together six essays, as well as new introductory and concluding chapters, Hohendahl interprets and subjects to critical scrutiny many of the central ideas of the Frankfurt School. He first maps the trajectory of neomarxist criticism in Germany to the 1980s. Individual chapters then focus on the work of Georg Lukacs, Theodor W. Adorno, and Jürgen Habermas, and on such issues as the politicization of German criticism after 1965 under the influence of the Frankfurt School.

Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet

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ISBN: 9781911534044 9781911534051 9781911534068 9781911534075 Year: Pages: 230 DOI: 10.16997/book1 Language: English
Publisher: University of Westminster Press
Subject: Sociology --- Media and communication --- Philosophy --- Information theory
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"This book contributes to the foundations of a critical theory of communication as shaped by the forces of digital capitalism. One of the world's leading theorists of digital media Professor Christian Fuchs explores how the thought of some of the Frankfurt School’s key thinkers can be deployed for critically understanding media in the age of the Internet. Five essays that form the heart of this book review aspects of the works of Georg Lukács, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Axel Honneth and Jürgen Habermas and apply them as elements of a critical theory of communication's foundations. The approach taken starts from Georg Lukács Ontology of Social Being, draws on the work of the Frankfurt School thinkers, and sets them into dialogue with the Cultural Materialism of Raymond Williams.Critical Theory of Communication offers a vital set of new insights on how communication operates in the age of information, digital media and social media, arguing that we need to transcend the communication theory of Habermas by establishing a dialectical and cultural-materialist critical theory of communication. It is the first title in a major new book series 'Critical Digital and Social Media Studies' published by the University of Westminster Press."

Transforming Encounters and Critical Reflection: African Thought, Critical Theory, and Liberation Theology in Dialogue

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ISBN: 9783038971511 9783038971528 Year: Pages: 178 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-152-8 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Religion --- Philosophy --- Arts in general
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ca. 200 words; this text will present the book in all promotional forms (e.g. flyers). Please describe the book in straightforward and consumer-friendly terms.[Transforming Encounters and Critical Reflection: African Thought, Critical Theory and Liberation Theology in Dialogue is an interdisciplinary exploration of Western ideologies and their impact on Southern African cultures and societies. It brings together scholars whose expertise resides within the subdisciplines of decolonial and African thought, liberation theology, and postmodern philosophy to explore the intersectionality of Western hedgemony. Although broad in approach, each author’s contribution coalesces around an extended meditation on the question of what is liberation for Southern Africa (and the global south writ large) and from what is it being liberated.]

Revolution and Disenchantment

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ISBN: 9781478090274 9781478007586 9781478006756 9781478006169 Year: Pages: 280 DOI: 10.1215/9781478090274 Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press
Subject: History
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The Arab Revolutions that began in 2011 reignited interest in the question of theory and practice, imbuing it with a burning political urgency. In Revolution and Disenchantment Fadi A. Bardawil redescribes for our present how an earlier generation of revolutionaries, the 1960s Arab New Left, addressed this question. Bardawil excavates the long-lost archive of the Marxist organization Socialist Lebanon and its main theorist, Waddah Charara, who articulated answers in their political practice to fundamental issues confronting revolutionaries worldwide: intellectuals as vectors of revolutionary theory; political organizations as mediators of theory and praxis; and nonemancipatory attachments as impediments to revolutionary practice. Drawing on historical and ethnographic methods and moving beyond familiar reception narratives of Marxist thought in the postcolony, Bardawil engages in "fieldwork in theory" that analyzes how theory seduces intellectuals, cultivates sensibilities, and authorizes political practice. Throughout, Bardawil underscores the resonances and tensions between Arab intellectual traditions and Western critical theory and postcolonial theory, deftly placing intellectuals from those traditions into a much-needed conversation.

Theft Is Property!

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ISBN: 9781478090250 9781478007500 9781478006732 9781478006084 Year: Pages: 238 DOI: 10.1215/9781478090250 Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press
Subject: Sociology
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Drawing on Indigenous peoples' struggles against settler colonialism, Theft Is Property! reconstructs the concept of dispossession as a means of explaining how shifting configurations of law, property, race, and rights have functioned as modes of governance, both historically and in the present. Through close analysis of arguments by Indigenous scholars and activists from the nineteenth century to the present, Robert Nichols argues that dispossession has come to name a unique recursive process whereby systematic theft is the mechanism by which property relations are generated. In so doing, Nichols also brings long-standing debates in anarchist, Black radical, feminist, Marxist, and postcolonial thought into direct conversation with the frequently overlooked intellectual contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Die unverstandene Kultur

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Book Series: Cultural Studies ISBN: 9783839405253 Year: Pages: 290 DOI: 10.14361/9783839405253 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Social Sciences
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Die unverstandene Kultur ist die Suche nach Versatzstücken einer Kulturtheorie der Mediengesellschaft - mit dem Ziel der Erneuerung einer kritischen Kommunikationswissenschaft. In einer Zeit, die wie nie zuvor durch die Allgegenwärtigkeit und Fülle massenmedialer Kommunikation geprägt ist, brauchen wir ein kritisches Verständnis für die Kultur, die daraus hervorgeht. Das Buch will dazu beitragen, diese Medienkultur begrifflich und konzeptionell zu fassen. Auf der Suche nach einer Erhellung unserer gegenwärtigen Mediengesellschaft folgt der Text historischen sowie aktuellen gesellschafts- und kulturtheoretischen Debatten.__

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