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[Commlist] New Book: Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism

Tue Dec 18 10:32:51 GMT 2018


Edited by Jeremiah Morelock

After President Trump’s election, BREXIT and the widespread rise of far-Right political parties, much public discussion has intensely focused on populism and authoritarianism. In the middle of the twentieth century, members of the early Frankfurt School prolifically studied and theorized fascism and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States. In this volume, leading European and American scholars apply insights from the early Frankfurt School to present-day authoritarian populism, including the Trump phenomenon and related developments across the globe. Chapters are arranged into three sections exploring different aspects of the topic: theories, historical foundations, and manifestations via social media. Contributions examine the vital political, psychological and anthropological theories of early Frankfurt School thinkers, and how their insights could be applied now amidst the insecurities and confusions of twenty-first century life. The many theorists considered include Adorno, Fromm, Löwenthal and Marcuse, alongside analysis of Austrian Facebook pages and Trump’s tweets and operatic media drama. This book is a major contribution towards deeper understanding of populism’s resurgence in the age of digital capitalism.


Douglas Kellner

Introduction: The Frankfurt School and Authoritarian Populism – A Historical Outline
Jeremiah Morelock

Part 1: Theories of Authoritarianism

1. Frankfurt School Critical Theory and the Persistence of Authoritarian Populism in the United States
John Abromeit

2. The Persistence of the Authoritarian Appeal: On Critical Theory as a Framework for Studying Populist Actors in European Democracies
Lars Rensmann

3. Understanding Right and Left Populism
Samir Gandesha

4. Donald Trump as Authoritarian Populist: A Frommian Analysis
Douglas Kellner


5. From Modernity to Bigotry Stephen
Eric Bronner

6. Opposing Authoritarian Populism: The Challenge and Necessity of a New World System
Charles Reitz

7. Public Sphere and World-System: Theorizing Populism at the Margins
Jeremiah Morelock and Felipe Ziotti Narita

Part 3: Digital Authoritarianism

8. Racism, Nationalism and Right-Wing Extremism Online: The Austrian Presidential Election 2016 on Facebook
Christian Fuchs

9. Authoritarianism, Discourse and Social Media: Trump as the ‘American Agitator’
Panayota Gounari

10. Phantasmagoria and the Trump Opera
Forrest Muelrath

Published open access by the University of Westminster Press


This book is published in the Critical Digital and Social Media Studies Series


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