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Critical Social Theory: Culture, Society and Critique

by Tim Dant SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
01/2004
ISBN:
9780761954798
Format:
Pbk 192 pages
Price:
AU$93.00 NZ$95.65
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Critical theory has left an indelible mark on postwar social thought. But what are the relations between critical theory and 'the cultural turn' ? How did critical theory inform later French critical theorists, such as Lefebvre, Barthes and Baudrillard?

This accomplished and accessible book:

- Demonstrates the origins of critical theory in the Marxian analysis of the capitalist mode of production and Freudian psychoanalysis

- Clearly explains the main achievements of critical theory

- Elucidates how critical theory defines culture as a system that constrains and alienates the individual

- Explores the potential for social change and personal emancipation in the critical heritage.

The author locates the importance of myth and reason, the significance of sexuality, the place of work, the difference between art and entertainment, the nature of everyday life and the relationship between knowledge and action. The result is a lucid and informative text which will appeal to all students interested in the critical traditions of social thought.

Table of Contents:

Criticism by Theory


Culture as Myth


Work and Non-Work


The Critique of Everyday Life


Sex and Sexuality


Art and Entertainment


Knowledge, Action and Politics


The Idea of a Critical Theory

Criticism by Theory Culture as Myth Work and Non-Work The Critique of Everyday Life Sex and Sexuality Art and Entertainment Knowledge, Action and Politics The Idea of a Critical Theory

Tim Dant University of East Anglia