Critical theories and social critique

Juan Pablo Rodríguez*

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Taking the ‘return of Marx’ as a symptom of the renewal of social critique, Rodríguez explores three themes within the field of contemporary critical social theory which are useful for constructing a concept of social critique: utopia, recognition and disagreement. Focusing on how authors such as Ruth Levitas, David Harvey, Eric Olin Wright and Fredric Jameson tackle the issue of utopia, examining the limits and analytical possibilities of Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition, and analysing the shortcomings of Rancière’s politics of aesthetics, Rodríguez advances a three-dimensional concept of social critique. The chapter provides the rationale for using such a concept to account for critical social theories and social movements’ practices of resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResisting Neoliberal Capitalism in Chile
Subtitle of host publicationThe Possibility of Social Critique
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-32108-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-32107-9
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameMarx, Engels, and Marxisms
ISSN (Print)2524-7123
ISSN (Electronic)2524-7131


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