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Critical Theory and Libertarian Socialism: Realizing the Political Potential of Critical Social Theory
     

Critical Theory and Libertarian Socialism: Realizing the Political Potential of Critical Social Theory

by Charles Masquelier
 

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This volume in the Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series examines the role critical theory plays in today's political, social, and economic crises, showing how it can help to both diagnose and remedy such problems.
Critical social theory is first revisited by exposing the affinity between Marx's critique of political economy, the critique of

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This volume in the Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series examines the role critical theory plays in today's political, social, and economic crises, showing how it can help to both diagnose and remedy such problems.
Critical social theory is first revisited by exposing the affinity between Marx's critique of political economy, the critique of instrumental reason elaborated by the first generation of the Frankfurt School, and the libertarian socialism of G.D.H. Cole. This is followed by a proposal for a radical reorganization of economic and political life and the corresponding development of emancipatory practices presupposing the reconciliation of humanity and nature. Lastly, the contemporary relevance of these institutions and practices are discussed, along with cases of contemporary forms of resistance, such as the Occupy Movement and alter-globalisation.
By bringing together the concerns of critical theory and libertarian socialism, this volume not only illustrates the practical side of critical theory, but also highlights its contemporary relevance. Researchers in political theory, social theory and political philosophy will find this an engaging work that will stimulate debates about new alternatives to existing problems.

Editorial Reviews

Luke Martell

Fluent and elegantly written, this knowledgeable and critical book links diverse theoretical traditions. It's original and coherent, relevant and detailed, with labour and emancipation at its heart. Highly recommended to all interested in social and political theory, contemporary capitalism and change.
William Outhwaite

This very substantial book is a bold and challenging attempt to trace affinities and complementarities between Marx, critical theory and associational or libertarian socialism. It is a major contribution to the literature.
Chris Wyatt

Charles Masquelier's book is a timely reminder that the rich, if often marginalized, history of left libertarianism still has much to offer contemporary readers. This project skillfully breaths fresh life into the democratic socialist and critical theory traditions. Marx's early writings, the key critical theory thinkers and the English theorist of democratic and participatory socialism, G.D.H. Cole, are all subjected to sharp critical analysis. But this book does more than elucidate an array of complex literature. Charles Masquelier sketches the contours of a feasible alternative to the current global dominance of neo-liberalism. The result is a valuable contribution to an increasingly growing body of contemporary libertarian literature. This book will surely be of great interest to all those dissatisfied with current politico-economic conditions.
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“Fluent and elegantly written, this knowledgeable and critical book links diverse theoretical traditions. It's original and coherent, relevant and detailed, with labour and emancipation at its heart. Highly recommended to all interested in social and political theory, contemporary capitalism and change.” —Luke Martell, Professor of Political Sociology, University of Sussex, UK

“This very substantial book is a bold and challenging attempt to trace affinities and complementarities between Marx, critical theory and associational or libertarian socialism. It is a major contribution to the literature.” —William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University

“Charles Masquelier's book is a timely reminder that the rich, if often marginalized, history of left libertarianism still has much to offer contemporary readers. This project skillfully breaths fresh life into the democratic socialist and critical theory traditions. Marx's early writings, the key critical theory thinkers and the English theorist of democratic and participatory socialism, G.D.H. Cole, are all subjected to sharp critical analysis. But this book does more than elucidate an array of complex literature. Charles Masquelier sketches the contours of a feasible alternative to the current global dominance of neo-liberalism. The result is a valuable contribution to an increasingly growing body of contemporary libertarian literature. This book will surely be of great interest to all those dissatisfied with current politico-economic conditions.” —Chris Wyatt, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441175700
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/02/2014
Series:
Critical Theory and Contemporary Society
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
377 KB

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Charles Masquelier obtained his DPhil at the University of Sussex in June 2011, and then joined the Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology department at the University of Exeter, where he taught as a teaching fellow. He is now Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. His research assumes an interdisciplinary outlook, crossing over the fields of social theory, political theory and political philosophy, with particular interests in critical theory, G.D.H. Cole and social movements.
Charles Masquelier obtained his DPhil at the University of Sussex in June 2011, and then joined the Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology department at the University of Exeter, where he taught as a teaching fellow. He is now Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey. His research assumes an interdisciplinary outlook, crossing over the fields of social theory, political theory and political philosophy, with particular interests in critical theory, G.D.H. Cole and social movements.

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