The Society of the Spectacle

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Overview

Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy
Debord's The Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism and everyday life in the late twentieth cenlury. Now finally available in a superb English translation approved by the author, Debord's text remains as crucial as ever for understanding the contemporary effects of power, which are increasingly inseparable from the new virtual worlds of our rapidly changing image/information culture.

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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: 406,412
  • 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, including
Society of the Spectacle (1967), were major catalysts for philosophical and political changes in the twentieth century, and helped trigger the May 1968 rebellion in
France.
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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

    more from this reviewer

    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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