The Challenge of Progress: Theory Between Critique and Ideology Vol: 36

Harry F. Dahms
University of Tennessee, USA

Product Details
26 Nov 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
240 pages - 152 x 229mm
Current Perspectives in Social Theory
Globalization has accelerated the process of social, political, cultural, and especially economic transformations since the 1990s. In recent decades, this has cast doubt over the validity and reliability of many working assumptions about the nature and logic of progress in modern societies, at all levels of social structure and complexity. 

In The Challenge of Progress, editor Harry F. Dahms and a series of contributors explore how this doubt has been magnified, looking at how the institutions and constellations between business, labor and government have begun to weaken. The essays included in this volume examine the foundations, nature and contradictions of progress in the modern era. Anchored by - but not exclusively focused on - a debate of Amy Allen's recent book, The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (2016), the eleven essays identify, analyse and confront the challenges of progress, looking across social class, philosophy, history and culture in their analyses. 

For researchers and students across social theory, this is an unmissable volume confronting the present and future of our societies. Examining the choices of modern society, Dahms and contributors ask: what are the social costs of "progress"?
Part I: Identifying the Challenge: A Critical Discussion of the End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (2016), by Amy Allen  
1. History, Critique and Progress: Amy Allen's 'End of Progress' and the Normative Grounding of Critical Theory; Reha Kadakal 
2. Inheriting Critical Theory. A Review of Amy Allen’s the End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory; George Steinmetz  
3. Back to Adorno: Critical Theory’s Problem of Normative Grounding; Karen Ng 
4. Decolonizing Critical Theory; Kevin Olson 
5. Progress, Normativity, and the "Decolonization" of Critical Theory: Reply to Critics; Amy Allen 
Part II: Assessing the Challenge: Progress, Politics, and Ideology 
6. Nietzsche After Charlottesville; Robert J. Antonio  
7. "How Can [We] Not Know?" Blade Runner as Cinematic Landmark in Critical Thought; Lawrence Hazelrigg 
8. Sociology at the End of History: Profession, Vocation and Critical Practice; Daniel M. Harrison 
Part III: Confronting the Challenge: The Dynamics of Progress in the Modern Age  
9. Las Vegas as the Anthropocene: The Neoliberal City as Desertification All the Way Down; Timothy W. Luke  
10. Exchanging Social Change for Social Class: Traditional Marriage Proposals as Status and Scrip; Patricia Arend and Katherine Comeau 
11. Sociology’s Emancipation from Philosophy: The Influence of Francis Bacon on Emile Durkheim; Shawn van Valkenburgh
Harry F. Dahms is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he is also co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice and co-chair of the Committee on Social Theory. In addition to being editor of Current Perspectives in Social Theory, he also is director of the International Social Theory Consortium. He is the author of The Vitality of Critical Theory (2011), has edited and co-edited numerous other books, and has published in Sociological Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Comparative Sociology, Critical Sociology and other journals.

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