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A Left Weberian Road To Identity Politics In The United States

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There were a number of intellectual roads that led to postmodernism and identity politics in the United States. Well known ones began or went through Nietzsche and Foucault; others went partially through Karl Marx. Max Weber, like Marx, was a critical theorist of capitalism. In some of his passages concerning the brutal impersonal logic of capitalism, Weber's consternation could easily be mistaken for the pen of Marx. Weber's followers, like those of Hegel, split into left and right wings with both making their way to American intellectual shores. C. Wright Mills' neo-Weberian trail, which began with the translation project of From Max Weber, was consolidated in a subsequent collaboration with Hans H. Gerth that produced Character and Social Structure. A different post New Left tendency embraced interest group politics on an activist plane and postmodernism on a theoretical one.

Keywords: Hans H. Gerth; Karl Marx; Max Weber; postmodernism; United States; Weberian road



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