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Reading Adorno

The Endless Road

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  • Marks the 50th anniversary of Adorno's death
  • Provides a series of readings of some of Adorno’s key themes and concepts in essays written by contemporary commentators
  • Outlines the ways in which Ardorno's work chimes with contemporary social issues such as neoliberalism, resurgent right-wing populism, selfie and celebrity ‘culture’, and environmental catastrophe

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This book draws on core concepts coined by Adorno, such as identity thinking, the culture industry, and his critique of the autonomous and rational subject, to address the ills that plague neoliberal capitalist societies today. These ills range from the risk of a return to totalitarian tendencies, to the global rise of the far-right, and anti-feminist conceptions of motherhood. Subsequent chapters outline the ways in which Adorno's thought can also be seen to redress the challenges of modern societies, such as the critical function of artworks, and the subversive potential of slow-food and popular music. The important underlying concern of the book is to highlight the continuing relevance of Adorno, both in dealing with the failures of neo-liberal capitalist societies, and in his applicability to a wide range of disciplines.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Berlin Journal of Critical Theory, Berlin, Germany

    Amirhosein Khandizaji

About the editor

Amirhosein Khandizaji holds a PhD in Sociology, Free University of Berlin, Germany, and is the Founding Editor of the Berlin Journal of Critical Theory. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Reading Adorno

  • Book Subtitle: The Endless Road

  • Editors: Amirhosein Khandizaji

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-19047-7Published: 10 July 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-19050-7Published: 14 August 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-19048-4Published: 27 June 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 253

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Social Theory, Political Theory, Political Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Critical Theory

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