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ERIC Number: ED232163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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The Frankfurt School: Critical Theory as the Negation of Culture.
James, Beverly
In examining the Frankfurt School's critical theory of society in an effort to discover the theoretical basis for the school's inability to merge theory with praxis, this paper points out that the school's analysis of culture in the 1930s and 1940s presents a radical, penetrating critique of the role of mass communication in advanced industrialized Western societies. The first section of the paper provides a discussion of the context in which the school emerged. This is followed by an examination of the school's theory of society, including implied theories of human nature, history, social research, and communication. The last section offers conclusions as to the relationship between aspects of the social theory and the school's ultimate failure to initiate radical social change. (HOD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Frankfurt School; Germany
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).