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Bringing the Critical Back in: Toward the Resurrection of the Frankfurt School

Mediations of Social Life in the 21st Century

ISBN: 978-1-78441-223-4, eISBN: 978-1-78441-222-7

ISSN: 0278-1204

Publication date: 31 October 2014

Abstract

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Reconstructing key concerns of the Frankfurt School is conducive to critiquing this tradition’s recent preoccupation with communication and recognition, and demonstrates how the first generation’s legacy helps us understand contemporary social movements of the Right and the Left, in ways that are similar to the Weimar Republic in Germany. Both the Right and the Left being products of legitimation crises that trigger a desire for regressive or progressive social change – the Right would restore a mythical past, the Left would foster a new social order based on humanistic concerns.

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Acknowledgements

Acknowledgments

The author is very indebted to Harry Dahms whose editing was above and beyond the call of duty.

Citation

Langman, L. (2014), "Bringing the Critical Back in: Toward the Resurrection of the Frankfurt School", Mediations of Social Life in the 21st Century (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 195-227. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0278-120420140000032008

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