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The dialectics of communicative and immanent critique in cultural studies
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9419-4883
2013 (English)In: tripleC (cognition, communication, co-operation): Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society / Unified Theory of Information Research Group, ISSN 1726-670X, Vol. 11, no 2, 504-514 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In cultural studies and cultural research, the importance of being critical is often stressed, but it is more rare to scrutinise how such critique is and can be performed. This text discusses differ- ent modes of critique, in three main steps. First, a brief review of the history and signifying layers of the concept of critique itself leads up to a late modern communicative concept of critique, linked to the contested relation between critique and tradition, and based on how Paul Ricoeur has interpreted ide- ology critique and the hermeneutics of suspicion. This communicative mode is contrasted to critical approaches that strive to radically dissociate themselves from others. Second, it is argued that the most powerful sources of critique are to be sought in the inner contradictions of the targeted spheres of social reality rather than applied from the outside. Such immanent – as opposed to transcendent – critique, has been formulated and exercised by Karl Marx, Theodor W. Adorno and Walter Benjamin, among others. The third section sums up the spiral moves of cultural studies as informed by critical hermeneutics: dialectical critique based on communicative and immanent critique must be on the move, never frozen, and may temporarily and locally explore radical and transcendent modes of cri- tique, in ways that have been discussed by Donna Haraway.

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2013. Vol. 11, no 2, 504-514 p.
Keyword [en]
critical theory, critique, cultural studies, communication, immanent critique, dialectics, Habermas, Ricoeur, Marx, Adorno, Haraway
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Cultural Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20152Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84891769607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-20152DiVA: diva2:663237
Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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