Marx, Cole and the Frankfurt School: Realising the political potential of critical social theory

  title={Marx, Cole and the Frankfurt School: Realising the political potential of critical social theory},
  author={Charles Masquelier},
  journal={Capital \& Class},
  pages={475 - 492}
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