Varieties of critique in sociological theory and their methodological implications for social research

Delanty, Gerard (2011) Varieties of critique in sociological theory and their methodological implications for social research. Irish Journal of Sociology, 19 (1). pp. 68-92. ISSN 07916035

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Abstract

The notion of critique, as in the idea of a critical theory of society, is in urgent need of clarification both theoretically and methodologically. At least five major uses of the term can be found within sociological theory, the positions associated with the critical theory of the Frankfurt School from Adorno to Habermas and Honneth, Bourdieu's critical sociology, critical realism, Foucault's genealogical critique, and various notions of critical practice, most notably the work of Boltanski and Thévenot. It is possible to detect a movement from the HegelianMarxist approach towards interpretative conceptions of critique, leading to a pluralisation of critique and a shift from macro to micro analysis. A theoretical clarification of the notion of critique in these approaches offers a basis for a new and more rigorous methodological application of critique in social research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
Depositing User: Gerard Delanty
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:34
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 08:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26744
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