9781623562298

Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe

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    9781623562298

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    1623562295

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe introduces the major contributions critical theorists made to the study of Europe, from the interwar years to the present time.

The work begins with theorists such as Adorno who addressed Nazism and the Holocaust, then moves on to discuss the postwar affluence of capitalist Europe. It proceeds to examine how critical theorists provided much of the analysis that motivated the student and youth movements of 1968 and subsequent alternative social movements. Lastly, it relates the development of a critical theory of state socialism, looking at the works of thinkers such as Arato, Offe, and Habermas and how critical theory is now addressing social issues such as European xenophobia and the future of Europe.

This new volume in the Critical Theory and Contemporary Society series brings together critical theory and European studies in a clear, accessible manner and shows the relevance of critical theory to practical political issues.

Author Biography

William Outhwaite is Chair and Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. His recent publications include The Future of Society (2006), European Society (2008), Habermas (2nd edn, 2009) and, with Larry Ray, Social Theory and Postcommunism (2005). He was recently awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

Table of Contents

1. Theorizing the European Crisis 1914-1945
2. 'Late' Capitalism from the Postwar Boom to the Crises of the 1970s
3. The 1968 Years
4. State Socialism and its Crises
5. Critical Theory and Postcommunist Transition
6. Critical Theory and Contemporary Europe
Bibliography
Index

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