The Society of the Spectacle

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Overview

For the first time, Guy Debord's pivotal work Society of the Spectacle appears in a definitive and authoritative English translation. Originally published in France in 1967, Society of the Spectacle offered a set of radically new propositions about the nature of contemporary capitalism and modern culture. At the same time it was one of the most influential theoretical works for a wide range of political and revolutionary practice in the 1960s. Today, Debord's work continues to be in the forefront of debates about the fate of consumer society and the operation of modern social power. In a sweeping revision of Marxist categories, the notion of the spectacle takes the problem of the commodity from the sphere of economics to a point at which the commodity as an image dominates not only economic exchange but the primary communicative and symbolic activity of all modern societies.Guy Debord was one of the most important participants in the activities associated with the Situationist International in the 1960s. Also an artist and filmmaker, he is the author of Memoires and Commentaires sur la société du spectacle. A Swerve Edition, distributed forZone Books.

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"In all that has happened in the last twenty years, the most important change lies in the very continuity of the spectacle. Quite simply, the spectacle"s domination has succeeded in raising a whole generation moulded to its laws. The extraordinary new conditions in which this entire generation has lived constitute a comprehensive summary of all that, henceforth, the spectacle will forbid; and also all that it will permit." Guy Debord (1988)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942299793
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication date: 9/23/1995
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 604,622
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer, filmmaker, and cultural revolutionary, Guy Debord (1931—1994) was a founding member of the Lettrist International and Situationist International groups. His films and books, includingSociety of the Spectacle (1967), were major catalysts for philosophical and political changes in the twentieth century, and helped trigger the May 1968 rebellion inFrance.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third French Edition 7
I Separation Perfected 11
II The Commodity as Spectacle 25
III Unity and Division Within Appearances 35
IV The Proletariat as Subject and Representation 47
V Time and History 91
VI Spectacular Time 109
VII Environmental Planning 119
VIII Negation and Consumption in the Cultural Sphere 129
IX Ideology in Material Form 149
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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Spectacle

    This book should be in your pocession already. True Lovers Of Philosophy Radicalism Anarchy and Political Theory need this book. If you have a simple trite curosity I assume your next stop will be an online encyclopedia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    Shake in your shoes Post-modernists!

    Guy Debord puts the Hegelian concept of the totality into focus with this seminal work in our search for real progress. While all the pomos are busy defining the inevitability of power, Debord puts everyone in the driver's seat now. The only passengers in real life are those who make the Great Man great. A so-called leftist, Debord correctly assessed the destiny of the Soviets in this 1968-text. What he has to say about capitalism isn't any nicer and just as accurate. Listen up, kids!

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