Critical Theory Reading List

Several readers have asked me to provide a reading list of primary sources that will give them a good grounding in contemporary critical theory, CTImagewhich forms the ideological foundation for large segments of the modern social justice movement. Below, I recommend several key works, at various levels of accessibility. Click on each title to read my reviews, which will provide you with an overview of the book along with selected quotes.

Beginner: accessible works appropriate for those with little familiarity with critical theory.

Intermediate: accessible works applying critical theory to various social issues for those with a working understanding of critical theory.

Advanced: somewhat dense works for those comfortable with reading scholarly texts.


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