1 The Structure of Critical Theories
2 Critical Sociology and Pragmatic Sociology of Critique
3 The Power of Institutions
4 The Necessity of Critique
5 Political Regimes of Domination
6 Emancipation in the Pragmatic Sense
Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research
"With surprising sociological imagination, Boltanski shows how the critique of institutions is based on the everyday experience of a discrepancy between reality and the world, between what is socially defined and what could be possible in an undefined way. Without intending to, Boltanski revitalizes Adorno's insights in a sociological manner. This book is to be read by everyone interested in the future of critical theory."
Axel Honneth, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt
- This is a major new work of social theory by one of the leading sociologists in France today. Formerly a close collaborator of Pierre Bourdieu, Luc Boltanski has gone on to develop his own distinctive brand of critical, pragmatic sociology.
- His recent book The New Spirit of Capitalism is widely recognized as a major work.
- On Critique is a succinct statement of the guiding themes of Boltanski's work. It examines the relationship between sociology and social critique and proposes a highly original way of thinking through this relationship, reworking key notions like practice, critique and emancipation.
- This book will be widely seen as a cutting-edge work of contemporary social theory. It will be essential reading for advanced students and graduates in sociology and the social sciences generally.