When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The French May Events of 1968

When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The French May Events of 1968

ISBN-10:
0791449653
ISBN-13:
9780791449653
Pub. Date:
05/28/2001
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The French May Events of 1968

Offers a complete survey of the French May Events of 1968 through narrative, analysis, and documents.

More than a history, this book is a passionate reliving of the French May Events of 1968. The authors, ardent participants in the movement in Paris, documented the unfolding events as they pelted the police and ran from the tear gas grenades. Their account is imbued with the impassioned efforts of the students to ignite political awareness throughout society. Feenberg and Freedman select documents, graffiti, brochures, and posters from the movement and use them as testaments to a very different and exciting time. Their commentary, informed by the subsequent development of French culture and politics, offers useful background information and historical context for what may be the last great revolutionary challenge to the capitalist system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791449653
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew Feenberg is Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University. He is the author of Lukács, Marx and the Sources of Critical Theory; Critical Theory of Technology; and Alternative Modernity: The Technical Turn in Philosophy and Social Theory. He is the coeditor of Marcuse: Critical Theory and the Promise of Utopia (with Robert Pippin and Charles P. Webel) and Technology and the Politics of Knowledge (with Alastair Hannay).

Jim Freedman is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. He has authored or edited many books, the most recent of which is Transforming Development: Foreign Aid for a Changing World.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Douglas Kellner

Preface

Abbreviations

ONE. WHAT HAPPENED IN MAY: A CHRONICLE
Andrew Feenberg and Jim Freedman

Part I: Students versus Society

La Phase Nanterroise
Friday Red I
The Concept of Cobblestones
The Long Trek and a Short Truce
The Grand Deception
Friday Red II
Monday, May 13

Part II: Society versus the State

From the Sorbonne to Renault—Students and Workers
A La Sorbonne
Au Th´eˆatre de l'Od´eon
A la T´el´evision
The Government
Triangle of Contention
Friday Red III
De Gaulle or Not de Gaulle

Part III: The Last Act

Workers versus Negotiations
The Gaullist Gap
CGT and Communists Re-Revolutionize
The Return of Cohn-Bendit
The End of May
The Aftermath

TWO. DOCUMENTS OF THE MAY MOVEMENT
Commentary and translation by Andrew Feenberg

Introduction

Essay I. Technocracy and Student Revolt

The Texts
THE AMNESTY OF BLINDED EYES
ADDRESS TO ALL WORKERS
JOIN THE REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNE OF THE IMAGINATION

Essay II. In the Service of the People

The Texts
THE “IN-HOUSE” STRIKE AT THE MINISTRY OF URBAN AFFAIRS
RESEARCH BUREAUS: WALL-TO-WALL CARPETING AND REVOLUTION
JOURNAL OF A NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION COMMITTEE

Essay III. The Worker-Student Alliance

The Texts
THE STUDENTS AT FLINS
THE PEOPLE'S STUDIO

Essay IV. Self-Management: Strategy and Goal

The Texts
THE REVOLUTIONARY ACTION COMMITTEE OF THE SORBONNE
THE UNIVERSITY AS A RED BASE
NANTES: A WHOLE TOWN DISCOVERS THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE
FROM ROADBLOCKS TO SELF-DEFENSE

Bibliography

Index

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