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Critical Theory


  • Emphasis on value of critical theory today, without underplaying the historical context in which the theory was developed
    Written in plain, flowing prose, laced with a wealth of examples, which successfully make clear the meaning and significance of difficult ideas without talking down to the reader
    Wide potential readership across a number of disciplines

Part of the Traditions in Social Theory book series (TST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 1-9
  3. Historical Contours

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 13-25
    3. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 26-42
  4. Substantive Ideas: The First Generation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 63-89
    3. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 90-111
  5. Substantive Ideas: The Second Generation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 115-142
    3. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 143-167
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Merja Makinen, Nicolas Tredell
      Pages 171-183
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 184-204

About this book


This book examines the intellectual contribution made by Frankfurt School Critical Theory to our understanding of modern life. Thematically organized and offering a strong mix of historical and contemporary material, it considers the work of both the first and second generation. While the work of the latter is often taken to exceed that of the former, the author suggests that insights gleaned by both, regarding the human subject, offer a significant alternative to post-modern ideas.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College WorcesterUK

About the authors

ALAN HOW is Curriculum Leader for undergraduate sociology and Course Leader for the Masters programme at University College Worcester. His previous book is The Habermas-Gadamer Debate and the Nature of the Social (1995).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Critical Theory
  • Authors A. How
  • Series Title Traditions in Social Theory
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-75151-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-75152-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-80237-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 204
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Sociological Theory
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