This Companion addresses the contemporary transformation of critical and cultural theory, with special emphasis on the way debates in the field have changed in recent decades.
Featuring original essays from an international team of cultural theorists, the volume offers fresh and compelling perspectives and sketches out exciting new areas of theoretical inquiry. The coverage is houghtfully organized into two sections: lineages and problematics – that facilitate its use both by students new to the field and advanced scholars and researchers.
The first section explains key schools and movements clearly and succinctly, situating them in relation to broader developments in culture, society, and politics.
The second section tackles issues that have shaped and energized the field since the Second World War, including coverage of both familiar and under-theorized topics related to living and laboring, being and knowing, and agency and belonging.