Social Theory and Modernity : Critique, Dissent, and Revolution

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Pub. Date: 1990-10-01
Publisher(s): Sage Publications, Inc
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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. Luke elaborates upon Rousseau's discursive style and critical methods, Marx's historical materialism, Marcuse's instrumental rationality, Weber's interpretive method, Gramsci's theoretical tactics, Cabral's theory of critique and revolution and Foucault's system of political and social analysis. The book concludes by offering

Table of Contents

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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