Book ID: CBB001210592

The Sociology of Theodor Adorno (2011)


Benzer, Matthias (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2011
Physical Details: x + 268 pp.
Language: English

From the publisher: "Theodor Adorno is a widely-studied figure, but most often with regard to his work on cultural theory, philosophy and aesthetics. The Sociology of Theodor Adorno provides the first thorough English-language account of Adorno's sociological thinking. Matthias Benzer reads Adorno's sociology through six major themes: the problem of conceptualising capitalist society; empirical research; theoretical analysis; social critique; the sociological text; and the question of the non-social. Benzer explains the methodological and theoretical ideas informing Adorno's reflections on sociology and illustrates Adorno's approach to examining social life, including astrology, sexual taboos and racial prejudice. Benzer clarifies Adorno's sociology in relation to his work in other disciplines and the inspiration his sociology took from social thinkers such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Kracauer and Benjamin. The book raises critical questions about the viability of Adorno's sociological mode of procedure and its potential contributions and challenges to current debates in social science"-- "The Sociology of Theodor Adorno reads like an anachronistic title for a book. This is not because the ink of Adorno's last written word dried four decades ago. Many disciplines, notably philosophy and aesthetics, still cite his oeuvre as a timely source. It is Adorno's sociology that seems so far out of touch with basic trends in contemporary social science as to no longer warrant attention. Adorno conceived sociology as a demarcated discipline insofar as 'there are specifically sociological methods and ... questions' (IS 99) and insisted that this discipline required a concept of society. These convictions appear to clash head-on with present-day ideas for sociology's cross- or post-disciplinarity (Urry 2000aRFA-312: 199-200; 2003RFA-314: 124), its reunification with other disciplines as twenty-first-century historical science (Wallerstein 2000RFA-318: 33-4) and its abandonment of the concept of society. At first glance, Adorno's sociology promises little more than reactionary obstacles for the discipline's advance into the new millennium"

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Authors & Contributors
Lucio De Capitani
Shaul Bassi
Cristina Baldacci
Chiapperino, Luca
Mario Capanna
Matthias Rothe
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Journal of Classical Sociology
History of the Human Sciences
Sage Publications
Palgrave Macmillan
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Chinese University Press
Science and culture
Science and society
Science and politics
Philosophy of science
Adorno, Theodor W.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Spencer, Herbert
Simmel, Georg
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Horkheimer, Max
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Venice (Italy)
Great Britain
United States
North America
School of Milan
Annales school
Princeton University
Institut für Sozialforschung, Frankfurt am Main
Harvard University

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