Across a spectrum of academic disciplines, the topic of globalization is at the forefront of contemporary efforts to understand a dynamically changing world society. How might critical social theory respond creatively to the challenge of thinking and theorizing globalization in its full complexity? Globalizing Critical Theory collects essays by scholars at the forefront of Critical Theory as they confront this timely topic. This book offers readers a chance to see contemporary Critical Theory in its full range-from political analyses of a global public sphere, critical race theory, and the politics of memory, to aesthetics and media studies. It includes crucial new essays by Jurgen on the transformations of the global order in the wake of the American invasion of Iraq, and major interventions by Nancy Fraser, Peter Hohendahl, Andreas Huyssen, James Bohman, and others. Globalizing Critical Theory provides a fascinating exploration of how Critical Theory is confronting the question of globalization-and how globalization is transforming Critical Theory.
Max Pensky is associate professor of philosophy at Binghamton University and a prominent translator of Habermas.
Chapter 1 Globalizing Theory, Theorizing Globalization: Introduction Part 2 Part I: Globalization and Hegemony: Two Interventions Chapter 3 Interpreting the Fall of a Monument Chapter 4 February 15; or, What Binds Europeans Together: A Plea for a Common Foreign Policy, Beginning in Core Europe Part 5 Part II: The Global Public Sphere Chapter 6 Transnationalizing the Public Sphere Chapter 7 Toward a Critical Theory of Globalization: Democratic Practice and Multiperspectival Inquiry Chapter 8 Democratic Institutions and Cosmopolitan Solidarity Chapter 9 The Transnational University and the Global Public Sphere Part 10 Part III: Race, Memory, Forgetting Chapter 11 Beyond Eurocentrism: The Frankfurt School and Whiteness Theory Chapter 12 Vergangenheitsbewaltigung in the United States: On the Politics of the Memory of Slavery Chapter 13 Resistance to Memory: The Uses and Abuses of Public Forgetting Part 14 Part IV: Globalizing Visions: Science, Technology, Aesthetics Chapter 15 Globalizing Critical Theory of Science Chapter 16 In the Stocking-Steps of Walter Benjamin: Critical Theory, Television, and the Global Imagination Chapter 17 Adorno; or, The End of Aesthetics Chapter 18 Peripheral Glances: Adorno's Aesthetic Theory in Brazil