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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 for Zone Books.

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For the first time, Guy Debord's pivotal work Society of the Spectacle appears in a definitive and authoritative English translation.

Synopsis:

Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord's

Synopsis:

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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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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A.K. Strong, May 28, 2007 (view all comments by A.K. Strong)
Written in self-sufficient and dense paragraphs, Debord's work dabbles in Marxism and notions of commodity fetishism, challenging the epistemological basis of our society as we know it. Using semiotics as the lense of examination, Society of the Spectacle is guaranteed not to disappoint.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780942299793
Translator:
Nicholson-Smith, Donald
Author:
Nicholson-Smith, Donald
Author:
Debord, Guy
Publisher:
Zone Books (NY)
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Proletariat
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Society of the Spectacle
Series Volume:
no. 7
Publication Date:
19950931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
154
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , For the first time, Guy Debord's pivotal work Society of the Spectacle appears in a definitive and authoritative English translation.
"Synopsis" by , Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord's
"Synopsis" by , 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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