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Habermas and Contemporary Society

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Habermas and Contemporary Society by John F. Sitton
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Since the 1960s, Jurgen Habermas has forged an innovative and much discussed theory of contemporary capitalist society. Building on Max Weber's thesis that the dynamic of capitalism actually erodes individual freedom and the meaningfulness of social life famously resulting in a culture of "specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart" Habermas traces contemporary social conflict to resistance to this dynamic by a variety of social groups. His theory of "communicative action" attempts to show the possibilities in contemporary society for moving toward a more balanced social life that, unlike other political currents today, would not sacrifice the truly progressive features of complex modern societies. By marginalizing methodological and other more specialized theoretical concerns, this book focuses on Habermas's substantive portrayal of contemporary society and its discontents.

Author Biography

JOHN F. SITTON is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he has taught since 1987. Among other institutions, he previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Arlington and at Lamar University. He is the author of Recent Marxian Theory: Class Formation and Social Conflict in Contemporary Capitalism.
Release date NZ
November 4th, 2003
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
XV, 197 p.
Imprint
Palgrave Macmillan
Pages
197
Dimensions
140x216x14
ISBN-13
9781403961938
Product ID
1645570

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