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The United States has some claim to have risen to a position of intellectual dominance in the social sciences in the post-war years. American social scientists are key players in international conferences and their premier publications have some claim to set international trends. Yet the relationship between American thought and global traditions has been peculiarly under-theorized.
This unparalleled four-volume collection is divided into eight parts that focus on American post-war critical theory with special reference to social theory, sociology and politics. It provides a comprehensive survey of the outstanding contributions in the field.
Peter Beilharz, through a considered selection of articles, argues that American critical theory can be read not only as European, but also as profoundly American and North American. That is, it is hybrid, at the same time global and local in significance and inflection. In this way, the American experience can be read as a case study for doing critical theory today. This comprehensive collection amounts to a definitive guide to the currents and cross currents of American critical theory in the Postwar years.
Peter Beilharz is Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Critical Theory and Associate Fellow, Yale University in 2004 -.
About the Author
Peter Beilharz is Professor of Sociology at the School of Sociology, Politics and Anthropology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: SOURCES - THE FRANKFURT SCHOOLIntroduction - Peter BeilharzUrban Flights - Martin Jay The Institute of Social Research between Frankfurt and New YorkAdorno in America - Martin JayThe Frankfurt School in Exile - Martin JayCritical Theory and Political Economy - Moishe Postone and Barbara BrickWalter Benjamin Today - Richard WolinIntroduction to Habermas on Society and Politics - Steven SeidmanHabermas and Critical Theory - Jeffrey Alexander Beyond the Marxian Dilemma?Complexity and Democracy, or The Seducements of Systems Theory - Thomas Mc CarthyPART TWO: SOURCES - FROM THE FRANKFURT SCHOOL TO FOUCAULTFrom the Problem of Judgement to the Public Sphere - Seyla Benhabib Rethinking Hannah Arendt's Political TheoryOntology and the Political Project - Dick Howard Cornelius CastoriadisInstitutionalization as a Creative Process - Hans Joas The Sociological Importance of Cornelius Castoriadis's Political PhilosophyHabitus, Field and Capital - Craig Calhoun The Question of Historical SpecificityThe Reality of Reduction - The Failed Synthesis of Pierre Bourdieu - Jeffrey AlexanderWhy We Might All Be Able to Live Together - Jeffrey Alexander An Immanent Critique of Alain Touraine's Pourrons-Nous Vivre Ensemble?Women in Dark Times - Martin Jay Agnes Arendt and Hannah HellerFoucault, Post-Structuralism and the Mode of Information - Mark PosterConflicting Conceptions of Critique - David Couzens Hoy Foucault versus HabermasPART THREE: AMERICAN INFLEXIONS AND RESPONSESCultural Contradictions of Capitalism - Daniel BellThe Actor Deprived of His Art - Richard SennettThe Narcissistic Personality of Our Time - Christopher LaschNostalgia - Christopher Lasch The Abdication of MemoryAfterword - Richard Rorty Pragmatism, Pluralism and PostmodernismAn Underestimated Alternative - Hans Joas America and the Limits of 'Critical Theory'Between Science and Politics - Steven SeidmanFor Gouldner - Martin Jay Reflections on an Outlaw MarxistCity Life and Difference - Iris Murdoch YoungCulture, Political Economy and Difference - Nancy Fraser On Iris Young's Justice and the Politics of DifferenceCalhoun's Critical Theory - Peter BeilharzBourdieu in America - Lo[um]ic Wacquant Notes on the Transatlantic Importation of Social TheoryProphetic Pragmatism - Cornel West Cultural Criticism and Political EngagementThe Mc Donaldization of Sociological Research - George RitzerPART FOUR: SOCIOLOGY - CRITIQUE AND INNOVATIONModern, Anti, Post and Neo - Jeffrey Alexander How Intellectuals Have Coded, Narrated and Explained the 'New World of Our Time'Rethinking Critical Theory - Craig CalhounCivic Bodies Multi-Cultural New York - Richard SennettThe Search for Tradition - Andreas Huyssen Avant Garde and Postmodernism in the 1970sThe Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism - Fredric JamesonThe End of the Utopias of Labor - Anson Rabinbach Metaphors of the Machine in the Post-Fordist EraCritical Theory, the Informational Revolution and an Ecological Path to Modernity - Timothy W Luke and Stephen K WhiteWhere Are We at Home? - Agnes HellerOn Irony - Gil Eyal, Iv[ac]an Sz[ac]el[ac]enyi and Eleanor Townsley An Invitation to Neo-Classical SociologyPART FIVE: POLITICSIntroduction - Craig Calhoun Habermas and the Public SphereWhy More Political Theory? - Jean CohenCivil Society and Social Theory - Jean Cohen and Andrew AratoSocial Justice in the Age of Identity Politics - Nancy Fraser Redistribution, Recognition and ParticipationRecognition and Social Justice - Axel HonnethHonneth's New Critical Theory of Recognition - Jeffrey Alexander and Mari Pia LaraThe Politics of Recognition - Charles TaylorPART SIX: ENGAGING AMERICAThe Resistance That Modernity Constantly Provokes - Peter Wagner Europe, America and Social TheoryThe Evergreen Tocqueville (On the Occasion of the Hungarian Publication of Democracy in America) - Ferenc FeherWhy Return to the American Revolution? - Dick HowardFalse Premises - Jean CohenJean Baudrillard - Robert Hughes AmericaThe Signs in the Street - Marshall BermanIt All Comes Together in Los Angeles - Edward W SojaPART SEVEN: ENDGAMES/EXITSThe Significance of the Frankfurt School Today - Albrecht Wellmer Five Theses (1986)Exit - N[ac]estor Garc[ac]ia Canclini