Society of the Spectacle

ISBN-10: 0942299795
ISBN-13: 9780942299793
Edition: 1995
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Zone Books
Publication date: 9/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

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.

Guy Debord was an experimental film-maker, essayist and cultural critic, founder and autocratic head of the Situationist International, ideologue and activist. His text the Society of the Spectacle, also made into a film, remains today one of the great theoretical works on modern-day capital, cultural imperialism, and the role of mediation in social relationships. After the dissolution of the Situationist International, Debord was tangentially implicated in the assassination of his friend and publisher G�rard Lebovici. the accusations infuriated Debord, and he consequently prohibited the showing of his films in France during his lifetime. Debord continued writing, and in 1989 he published his Commentaries on the Society of the Spectacle, arguing that everything he wrote in 1967 was still true, with one major exeception: the society of the spectacle had reached a new form, that of the integrated spectacle. the prospect of overturning the society of the spectacle seemed more unlikely than ever. in December of 1994, at the age of 62, Debord killed himself. the French press, who had always repudiated the significance of the Situationist International, suddenly made him a celebrity.

Preface to the Third French Edition
Separation Perfected
The Commodity as Spectacle
Unity and Division Within Appearances
The Proletariat as Subject and Representation
Time and History
Spectacular Time
Environmental Planning
Negation and Consumption in the Cultural Sphere
Ideology in Material Form

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