Beyond recognition: a critique of contemporary social pathology diagnosis

Harris, Neal (2019) Beyond recognition: a critique of contemporary social pathology diagnosis. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This thesis argues that a crucial resource of Critical Theory, the diagnosis of social pathologies, is being rendered impotent through its troubling and unnecessary marriage with a restrictive, recognition-derived approach to social theory. There is a growing literature arguing that contemporary Critical Theory has become philosophically, politically and social-theoretically unsound, increasingly blind to the meritorious insights of earlier generations of Frankfurt School scholars. This thesis argues that exactly such a development can be traced within contemporary social pathology scholarship. As a means of rejuvenating the Critical Theoretical tradition, this project serves to outline the utility of the many framings of social pathology which have been needlessly, and problematically, displaced by the ascendant recognition-based approaches to diagnosing social pathologies. This thesis seeks to champion a ‘polycentric and multilateral’ approach to social pathology scholarship, pointing beyond the myopically recognitive nature of contemporary Critical Theory.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2019 09:05
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 08:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85258

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