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Critical Theory of Society or Self-Critical Society

David, M., Wilkinson, Iain M. (2002) Critical Theory of Society or Self-Critical Society. Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy & Social Theory, 3 (1). pp. 131-158. ISSN 1440-9917. E-ISSN 1568-5160. (doi:10.1163/156851602760226814) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper presents a critical comparative reading of Ulrich Beck and Herbert Marcuse. Beck's thesis on ‘selfcritical society’ and the concept of ‘sub-politics’ are evaluated within the framework of Marcusian critical theory. We argue for the continued relevance of Marcuse for the project of emancipatory politics. We recognise that a focus upon the imminent and spontaneous possibilities for radical social change within the ‘sub-political’ is a useful provocation to the high abstractionism of much critical theory, but suggest that such possibilities are better captured in a Marcusian theoretical frame than they are in Beck's account.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/156851602760226814
Uncontrolled keywords: Beck /Marcuse /critical theory /sub-politics/ subpolitics /self-critical society /risk /reflexivity /reflex / realism /utopia
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 12:51 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37445 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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