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Critical Theory and Political Modernity

  • Articulates the categories underpinning modern political life through analytical jurisprudence

  • Bridges the analytical with the qualitative theories of classical sociology and political theory

  • Analyzes the political regimes of modernity alongside other political realities such as capitalist economies and class structures


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 3-47
    3. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 49-90
    4. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 91-129
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 133-167
    3. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 169-203
    4. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 205-227
    5. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 229-252
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 255-288
    3. José Maurício Domingues
      Pages 289-312
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-323

About this book


“This book represents a significant and original contribution to the field. It displays an enormous depth of knowledge in its distinctive account of political modernity—its problems and potentials. It is one of the more stereoscopic works recently produced in the broad field of critical theory.”
—Craig Browne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Sydney, Australia

This work of political sociology draws together philosophy, jurisprudence, political science, and international relations to study the main categories of political modernity and its development trends. Grounded in critical theory—from Marx to later currents such as the Frankfurt School—Critical Theory and Political Modernity circulates around state power and oligarchy as well as emancipatory possibilities from their foundations to the present, such as radical democracy. Domingues analyzes the main categories of political modernity, including the juridical dimension, to conceptually articulate its long-term processes of development. In so doing, he examines rights, law and citizenship, state and domination abstract and concrete, the political system, state power, freedom and autonomy, scalar configurations, political regimes, oligarchy and democracy.


jurisprudence political economy hermeneutic analysis liberalism oligarchy democracy modernity social change radical democracy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rio de Janeiro State UniversityRio de JaneiroBrazil

About the authors

José Maurício Domingues is Professor of Sociology in the Institute of Social and Political Studies at Rio de Janiero State University, Brazil. He is the recipient of the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, for 2018-2023 and is the author of, among other texts, Emancipation and History: The Return of Social Theory (2018), Global Modernity,  Development, and Contemporary Civilization: Towards a Renewal of Critical Theory (2012), and Latin American and Contemporary Modernity: A Sociological Interpretation (2008).

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