The Discourse of Domination: From the Frankfurt School to Postmodernism

The Discourse of Domination: From the Frankfurt School to Postmodernism

by Ben Agger


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The Discourse of Domination tackles nothing less than the challenge of giving critical theory a new grip on current problems, and restoring the left's faith in the possibility of enlightened social change. Agger steers a course between orthodox Marxism and orthodox anti-Marxism, bringing the concepts of ideology, dialectic, and domination out of the academy and making them into "a living medium of political self-expression."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810110298
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1992
Series: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Edition description: 1
Pages: 347
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ben Agger, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the author of many previous books on media and critical theory, including "Postponing the Postmodern: Sociological Practices, Selves, and Theories" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

Table of Contents


Part One: The Left's Right
1. Introduction: Beyond the End of Ideology
2. Marxism "or" the Frankfurt School?
3. The Crisis of the "Crisis of Marxism"
4. The Micro-Macro Nonproblem
5. The Problem of Postmodernism

Part Two: Back to Frankfurt
6. Marcuse's Growing Relevance
7. Marcuse's Freudian Marxism
8. Marcuse's "One-Dimensionality"
9. Marcuse's Aesthetic Politics
10. Work and Authority in Marcuse and Habermas
11. Marcuse and Habermas on New Science

Part Three: Beyond the End of Ideology
12. On Happiness and the Damaged Life
13. Critical Theory, Scientism, and Empiricism
14. Toward a New Intellectuality
15. Postmodernism: Ideology or Critical Theory?


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