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Revolution of Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 1604866780

ISBN-13: 9781604866780

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Raoul Vaneigem, Donald Nicholson-Smith

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One of the most important exponents of Situationist ideas, this treatise presents an impassioned critique of modern capitalism and serves as a cornerstone of modern radical thought. Originally published in early 1968, the book both kindled and colored the May 1968 upheavals in France that captured the attention of the world. In the political climate of today, Raoul Vaneigem’s important work of radical anticapitalist thought has struck a new chord with the worldwide Occupy Movement. Naming and defining the alienating features of everyday life in consumer society—survival rather than living in full, the call to sacrifice, the cultivation of false needs, the dictatorship of the commodity, subjection to social roles, and the replacement of God by the economy—the book argues that the countervailing impulses that exist deep within this alienation, such as creativity, spontaneity, and poetry, present an authentic alternative to nihilistic consumerism. This carefully edited new translation marks the first North American publication of this important work and includes a new preface by the author and a translator’s note.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: PM Press
Publication date: 10/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Translator's Acknowledgements
Author's Preface to the Present Edition
The Revolution of Everyday Life
Introduction
Power's Perspective
The Insignificant Signified
The Impossibility of Participation: Power as Sum of Constraints
Humiliation
Isolation
Suffering
The Decline of Work
Decompression and the Third Force
The Impossibility of Communication: Power as Universal Mediation
The Age of Happiness
Exchange and Gift
Technology and Its Mediated Use
The Reign of Quantity
Mediated Abstraction and Abstracted Mediation
The Impossibility of Fulfilment: Power as Sum of Seductions
Sacrifice
Separation
The Organization of Appearances
Roles
The Fascination of Time
Survival and Its Pseudo-Negation
Survival Sickness
Unbuttressed Refusal
Reversal of Perspective
Reversal of Perspective
Creativity, Spontaneity and Poetry
Masters Without Slaves
The Space-Time of Lived Experience and the Rectification of the Past
The Unitary Triad: Fulfilment, Communication, Participation
The Interworld and the New Innocence
You Won't Fuck with Us Much Longer!
Postscript (1972): A Toast to Revolutionary Workers
Author's Preface to the First French Mass-Market Edition (1992)
Concerning the Translation
Index