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Unformatted text preview: Critical Chapter 5 Goals Unlike post-pos and interp, who want understanding/explanation - representational Critical theorists focus on theory as an agent for change. Theory either reinforces the status quo or advocates change. Draw a tree How does it look? What is missing? Critical theorists A belief that certain societal structures and processes lead to imbalances of power Imbalances of power lead to alienation and oppression for certain social classes and groups The role of the critical theorist is to explore and uncover imbalances and bring them to the oppressed groups attention. Philosophical background Kant - interp processes Hegel - tension in dialectical relationship b/w individual interp consciousness and material world. This is historical. Marx was a member of one group of Hegelian scholars Marx, the younger Alienation - material world is constituted, but then is separate and takes on a life of its own So he draws on Hegel, but recognizes that material world impacts us greatly...
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