Critical Social Theory: Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In this outstanding reinterpretation - and extension - of the Critical Theory tradition, Craig Calhoun surveys the origins, fortunes and prospects of this most influential of theoretical approaches. Moving with ease from the early Frankfurt School to Habermas, to contemporary debates over postmodernism, feminism and nationalism, Calhoun breathes new life into Critical Social Theory, showing how it can learn from the past and contribute to the future.
About the Author
Craig Calhoun is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the editor of Habermas and the Public Sphere (1992) and Social Theory and the Politics of Identity (Blackwell, 1994).
Table of Contents
1. Rethinking Critical Theory.
2. Interpretation, Comparison and Critique.
3. Cultural Difference and Historical Specificity.
4. Postmodernism as Pseudohistory: The Trivialization of EpochalChange.
5. Habitus, Field and Capital: Historical Specificity in theTheory of Practice.
6. The Standpoint of Critique? Feminist Theory, Social Structureand Learning from Experience.
7. The Politics of Identity and Recognition.
8. Nationalism and Difference: The Politics of Identity WritLarge.