Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

Thomas Bunyard

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The aim of this chapter is to present a critical overview of the interrelations, echoes and distinctions that can be identified between critical theory and cultural studies. Concentrating primarily upon its British and American instantiations, the chapter outlines the emergence and development of cultural studies, and places this tradition in relation to Frankfurt School critical theory. Having noted some initial differences and similarities between the two bodies of thought, particularlyvis à vistheir differing approaches to mass culture, the chapter then draws on Horkheimer’s definitions of ‘traditional’ and ‘critical’ theory, and considers how they might pertain to cultural studies’ various contributions, contemporary relevance, and current forms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sage Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory
EditorsB. Best, W. Bonefeld, C. O'Kane
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781473953345
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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