- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies, Continuing Entanglements
- Michel Foucault and the Administering of Lives
- Bourdieu and Organizational Theory: A Ghostly Apparition?
- The Making of a Paradigm: Exploring the Potential of the Economy of Convention and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique
- Bruno Latour: An Accidental Organization Theorist
- A Theory of ‘Agencing’: On Michel Callon’s Contribution to Organizational Knowledge and Practice
- Niklas Luhmann as Organization Theorist
- Jürgen Habermas and Organization Studies: Contributions and Future Prospects
- Bhaskar and Critical Realism
- The Comparative Analysis of Capitalism and the Study of Organizations
- C. Wright Mills and the Theorists of Power
- Organizational Analysis: Goffman and Dramaturgy
- Garfinkel and Ethnomethodology
- Rational Choice Theory and the Analysis of Organizations
- Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations
- Risk, Social Theories, and Organizations
- Arlie Russell Hochschild: Spacious Sociologies of Emotion
- Discourse and Communication
- The Second Time Farce: Business School Ethicists and the Emergence of Bastard Rawlsianism
- Hayek and Organization Studies
- Social Movement Theory and Organization Studies
- What’s New in the ‘<i>New</i>, New Economic Sociology’ and Should Organization Studies Care?
- Critical Theory and Organization Studies
- British Industrial Sociology and Organization Studies: A Distinctive Contribution
- Anthony Giddens and Structuration Theory
- Engendering the Organizational: Feminist Theorizing and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies and the Subjects of Imperialism
- Space and Organization Studies
- Organization Studies, Sociology, and the Quest for a Public Organization Theory
- What Makes Organization? Organizational Theory as a ‘Practical Science’
Abstract and Keywords
The sweeping social critique found in the work of the Frankfurt School critical theorists—Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse—is intentionally provocative; total, personal, and uncompromising. This chapter examines the ways in which this critique has evolved as part of contemporary organizational and social theory, for example in the field of ‘critical management studies’. It sketches the historical and intellectual origins of Frankfurt School critical theory, from Marx to Lukács and Freud, as well as outlining its key analytical approaches. This leads to an exploration of the Frankfurt analysis of modern culture and society—from Hollywood films to the politics of organization. After examining the role critical theory has played in the development of the study of organization and society, as well as some possible criticisms of it, the chapter concludes with a discussion of possibilities for Frankfurt inspired organizational and social research into the future.
Edward Granter is a Lecturer in organization and society at the University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses on Marxism and the sociology of work, and more specifically on how relationships between organization, culture, and society can be understood using Frankfurt School critical theory. He teaches courses on international business strategy, the financial crisis, and the sociology of organizations at Manchester Business School, and is the author of Critical Social Theory and the End of Work (2009).
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