Adorno Sociological Address
Late Capitalism
or
Industrial Society?


Summary: English translation of Theodor Adorno's 1968 address, given to the German sociological congress. Especially interesting because you can see Adorno starting to apply the conceptual innovations of Negative Dialectics to sociological praxis and the micropolitics of the New Left; unlike so many post-1968 thinkers, however, he adamantly insists that Marxist categories and concepts are indispensable tools in understanding the dynamic of late capitalism, as well as battling its noxious ideologies. Note also the bravura conclusion: it's not simply a question of banishing the bane of the total system from outside, but also of dissolving its internalized structures from within.

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