Critical Theory and Methodology by Raymond A. Morrow, David D. Brown

By Raymond A. Morrow, David D. Brown

Severe conception strains its roots from Marxism, throughout the popular Frankfurt institution, to a wide range of nationwide and cultural traditions. Raymond Morrow's e-book strains the historical past and descriptions the foremost tenets of severe concept for an undergraduate viewers. He exemplifies the speculation via an research of 2 prime social theorists: J[um]urgen Habermas and Anthony Giddens. exact to this quantity is the emphasis at the hyperlink among serious concept and empirical study and social technology method, frequently considered incompatible.

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More problematic is the significance of his continuing affinities with the tradition of Western Marxism, an affiliation he has not found necessary to renounce. Many others have concluded, however, that "the construct of'Western Marxism' has lost some of its usefulness for the present debate . . Jurgen Habermas cannot be called a Western Marxist. . Boundaries that used to be stable have collapsed and new borderlines have emerged" (Hohendahl 1991, pp. 227-8). Accordingly the notion of contemporary critical theory used in this study recognizes the influence of the Marxist tradition but assumes that critical theory can no longer be described as a specifically Marxist approach.

J. Cohen 1989; Haugaard 1992; Craib 1992. Structuration theory-the term used to characterize Giddens's approach-is an entry in some of the more recent sociological dictionaries (Abercrombie et al. 1988; Jary and Jary 1991; Cohen 1993). 13- The term interpretive structuralism is used synonymously with hermeneutic structuralism and historical or historicist structuralism. We do not know of any prior use of these terms in this way, though they appear to provide a rather natural manner of expressing the methodological framework shared by the classical historical analysis described by Mills, Habermas's theory of communicative action, Giddens's structuration theory, or Bourdieu's theory of practice.

The first was characterized by a kind of interdisciplinary materialism that sought to analyze the factors that might contribute to the development of a revolutionary working class. The notion of materialism here referred explicitly to Marx's historical materialism but rejected the economic reductionism associated with orthodox Marxism. Instead it was argued that a consistent materialist approach (one that began with the assumption that consciousness could be understood only in relation to economic and social structures rooted in social being) required a more self-reflexive conception of method, a more subtle theory of culture, and a social psychological analysis of class consciousness.

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