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From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory: Essays on the Critical Theory of Soviet-type Societies : Essays on the Critical Theory of Soviet-type Societies - Andrew Arato

From Neo-Marxism to Democratic Theory: Essays on the Critical Theory of Soviet-type Societies

Essays on the Critical Theory of Soviet-type Societies

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The essays in this volume trace an intellectual odyssey, a search for a genuinely critical theory. The book begins with the question of why the Frankfurt School as well as other neo-Marxist and post-Marxist analysts, both in the West and in dissident circles in the East, failed to produce a critical theory of Soviet socialism or to establish a dynamic relationship with contemporary social movements. As the political struggle in Eastern Europe intensified, the author of this book disengaged from his own efforts to reconstruct a critical Marxism. Instead, he attempts a reconstruction of democratic theory based on civil society rather than class categories, and with a critical relevance not only to the transition from state socialism but more generally to the universal goal of emancipation.

Preface
Western Marxism and Soviet-Type Societies
Authoritarian Socialism and the Frankfurt Schoolp. 3
Between Apology and Critique: Marcuse's Soviet Marxismp. 22
Critical Sociology and Authoritarian State Socialismp. 59
From Western to Eastern Marxism: Rudolf Bahrop. 84
Immanent Critique and Authoritarian Socialism: On Konrad and Szelenyi's Intellectualsp. 105
The Budapest School and Actually Existing Socialismp. 122
Facing Russia: Castoriadis and the Problem of Soviet-Type Societiesp. 146
The Rise of Civil Society and Democratic Theory
Civil Society vs. the State: Poland 1980-81p. 171
Empire vs. Civil Society: Poland 1981-82p. 212
The Democratic Theory of the Polish Opposition: Normative Intentions and Strategic Ambiguitiesp. 243
Some Perspectives of Democratization in East Central Europep. 256
Social Theory, Civil Society, and the Transformation of Authoritarian Socialismp. 273
Revolution, Civil Society, and Democracyp. 296
Social Movements and Civil Society in the Soviet Unionp. 313
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780873328821
ISBN-10: 0873328825
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st July 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.64