This introductory chapter lays out the argument of the book, discusses the largely unexplored English-language compositions it analyzes, and demonstrates its unique contributions to existing scholarship. This book analyzes Adorno’s largely unexplored English compositions, written in the United States and directed toward an American audience—Current of Music, The Psychological Technique of Martin Luther Thomas’ Radio Addresses, and The Stars Down to Earth—to show how a prescriptive and productive democratic project developed during his years of “exile.” This chapter gives an overview of the constellation of concepts the book traces—experience, critique, negative dialectics, pedagogy, leadership, democracy—to demonstrate the reparative work that Adorno performs on the practice of American citizenship during his years in the United States.
Keywords: American democracy, Democratic leadership, Democratic pedagogy, “Democratic Leadership and Mass Manipulation”, Current of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory, The Psychological Technique of Martin Luther Thomas’ Radio Addresses, The Stars Down to Earth
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