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Social Theory and Modernity
Critique, Dissent, and Revolution

  • Timothy W. Luke - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

October 1990 | 278 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Theory and Modernity combines the analytical techniques of political theory and comparative politics as a method for conducting innovative inquiry and research in political science. The focus of political theory, for example, results in new issues for historical and cross-national comparative analysis--whereas comparative analysis provides new parameters for analyzing the ideology of social institutions. In presenting this method, Luke elaborates upon Rousseau's discursive style and critical methods, Marx's historical materialism, Gramsci's theoretical tactics, Marcuse's instrumental rationality, Cabral's theories of critique and revolution, Weber's interpretive method, and Foucault's system of political and social analysis. It concludes by offering an incisive analysis of the moral and ideological influence of behavior and the link between ideology and political economy, especially in modern society. Social Theory and Modernity is essential reading for professionals and students in the fields of political theory, history, comparative politics, sociology, anthropology, social philosophy, and cultural studies. "Luke's book is a tour de force. He writes critical theory in the best sense, applying the ideas of the Frankfurt School, Gramsci, and postmodernism to real social and political issues today. Social Theory and Modernity avoids arid exegesis in favor of engaged and lucid analysis of the global problematics of late capitalism. Not content simply to rehearse the masters of critical theory, Luke refreshes and extends their ideas by developing his own important theoretical voice. Luke is witty and pulls no punches. This accessible book will appeal to readers in a wide range of social-science disciplines, notably including political science and sociology. This book reinforces Luke's reputation as one of the two or three leading critical theorists working today." --Ben Agger, SUNY, University at Buffalo "This collection of essays provides a rich reading for it collates a lot of innovative ideas in the present day Marxist theory." --Financial Express

 
PART ONE: MARXOLOGIES: CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY AND MODERNITY
 
Introduction and Overview
 
PART TWO: TECHNOLOGY, TECHNIQUE AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
 
On Techno-Power
Technics and Marx's Materialist Conception of History

 
 
Technique in Marx's Method of Political Economy
 
Gramsci and Revolution
On the Theory of Workers' Councils and the Working Class Party

 
 
PART THREE: INSTRUMENTAL REASON AND POPULAR REVOLUTION
 
The Dialectics of Social Critique in Rousseau
On Nature and Society

 
 
A Phenomenological/Freudian Marxism? Marcuse's Critique of Advanced Industrial Society
 
After One-Dimensionality
Culture and Politics in the Age of Artificial Negativity

 
 
PART FOUR: POWER, DISCOURSE AND CULTURE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
 
Cabral's Marxism
An African Strategy for Socialist Development

 
 
Discourses of Modernization and Development
Theory and Doctrine After 1945

 
 
Foucault and the Discourses of Power
Developing a Genealogy of the Political Culture Concept

 

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