Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory

Affirmation, Animosity, and Ambiguity


Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory: Affirmation, Animosity and Ambiguity brings together scholars from a variety of disciplinary background to assess the salience of Nietzsche for critical social theory today. In the context of global economic crises and the rise of authoritarian regimes across the U.S. and Europe, the question asked by these scholars is: why Nietzsche now? Containing several innovative interventions in the areas of queer theory, political economy, critical race theory, labour history, hip-hop aesthetics, sociology, the Frankfurt School, social movements studies, science and technology studies, pedagogy, and ludic studies, this volume pushes Nietzsche studies in new directions, seeking to broaden the appeal of Nietzsche beyond philosophy and political theory.

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Dr. Christine Payne is an instructor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She also lectures for SDSU’s Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Program. She specializes in social and political theory, feminist science and technology studies, cultural studies, and the sociology of knowledge. Her article, 'Desire and Doubt: The Potentials and the Potential Problems of Pursuing Play' was published in American Journal of Play in Fall 2018. She is also the co-editor of a recent special issue on Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory of the journal Critical Sociology in which her article 'The Question of Ideology in Light of Perspectival Knowledge: The Truths of Marx and Nietzsche' appears.

Michael J. Roberts is Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University where he teaches courses on social and cultural theory, science and technology studies, race and class intersectionality and social movements. He is, together with Christine Payne, co-editor of a special issue on Nietzsche and Critical Theory for the journal Critical Sociology. His articles have appeared in the journals Rethinking Marxism, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Race & Class, Popular Music, The International Review for the Sociology of Sport and the Sociological Quarterly. He is also co-editor with Stanley Aronowitz of Class: The Anthology (Wiley, 2017). His book Tell Tchaikovsky the News: Rock’n’Roll, The Labor Question and the Musicians’ Union (Duke University Press, 2014) was nominated for the Mary Douglas Prize for best book by the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association.
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Situating this Volume

Part 1: Ressentiment and Redemption: Overcoming the Slave Revolt of Morals, Politics, and Aesthetics

1Wounded Attachments?: Slave Morality, the Left, and the Future of Revolutionary Desire
C. Heike Schotten
2The Trump Horror Show through Nietzschean Perspectives
Douglas Kellner
3Nietzsche, Adorno, and the Musical Spirit of Ressentiment and Redemption
Nancy S. Love
4Hip-Hop as Critical Tragic Realism: Cultural Analysis beyond Irony and Conflict
James Meeker and T.J. Berard
5Nietzsche’s Economy: Revisiting the Slave Revolt in Morals
Allison Merrick

Part 2: On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Nietzsche for Marxist Critique

6Marx, Nietzsche, and the Contradictions of Capitalism
Ishay Landa
7Labor’s Will to Power: Nietzsche, American Syndicalism, and the Politics of Liberation
Kristin Lawler
8Marxism, Anarchism, and the Nietzschean Critique of Capitalism
Gary Yeritsian
9Between Nietzsche and Marx: “Great Politics and What They Cost”
Babette Babich

Part 3: Beyond Truth and Relativism: Nietzsche and the Question of Knowledge

10Toward a Gay Social Science: A Nietzschean-Marxist Alternative to Conventional Sociological Theory
Michael Roberts
11Resuscitating Sociological Theory: Nietzsche and Adorno on Error and Speculations
Jeremiah Morelock
12The Science of the Last Man: Nietzsche and the Early Frankfurt School
Daniel Sullivan
13The Death of Truth – Guilt, Anxiety, Dread, and Hope: Nietzschean Confessions
Christine Payne

Part 4: All-Too-Human: The Question of the Human Condition in Light of Nietzsche

14Nietzsche’s Genealogy as a Critique of Racial Narratives and the Loss of Solidarity
Jung Min Choi and John W. Murphy
15Nietzsche’s “Anti-Darwinism”: A Deflationary Critique
Peter Atterton
16Play as Watchword: Nietzsche and Foucault
Dawn Helphand
17Critique of Subjectivity and Affirmation of Pleasure in Adorno and Nietzsche
Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi
18Nietzsche and Happiness
Bryan S. Turner
19Beyond Good and Evil: Nietzschean Pedagogy in the History Classroom
Eve Kornfeld
Readership would include anyone interested in social theory, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, political theory, social movements, aesthetics, and science and technology studies.
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