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Critical Social Theory : Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference - Craig Calhoun

Critical Social Theory

Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference


Published: 29th August 1995
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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.

"This is social theory at its very best. In a host of domains -concerning cultural difference, postmodernism, the politics ofidentity, and nationalism - Calhoun breaks new ground." CharlesTaylor

"This is a very well informed and very rigorous critical surveyof Critical Social Theory." Pierre Bourdieu

"A brilliant synthesis of theory and history: Calhoun works atthe cutting edge, facing the future but carrying his traditionswith him." Peter Beilharz

"This book explores Critical Theory's origins, but moreimportantly it also shows how certain contemporary writers, despitenot usually being recognised as such, have as much claim to thetitle 'critical theorist' as did Adorno and Horkheimer. It is thisessential extension of critical analysis into today's body oftheoretical concerns that gives the book its particularimportance." Alan Sica


1. Rethinking Critical Theory.

2. Interpretation, Comparison and Critique.

3. Cultural Difference and Historical Specificity.

4. Postmodernism as Pseudohistory: The Trivialization of Epochal Change.

5. Habitus, Field and Capital: Historical Specificity in the Theory of Practice.

6. The Standpoint of Critique? Feminist Theory, Social Structure and Learning from Experience.

7. The Politics of Identity and Recognition.

8. Nationalism and Difference: The Politics of Identity Writ Large.


ISBN: 9781557862884
ISBN-10: 1557862885
Series: Blackwell Companions to Social Theory
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 29th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.24  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1