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    DescriptionFor 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 societe du spectacle. A Swerve Edition, distributed for Zone Books.


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    Title
    The Society of the Spectacle
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guy Debord, Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith, Translated by Donald Nicholson- Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 154
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 317 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780942299793
    ISBN 10: 0942299795
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HPCF
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
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    BIC subject category V2: DSA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    DC20: 320.01
    BISAC V2.8: SOC050000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    DC22: 302
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL010000
    Abridged Dewey: 302
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A31010000
    BISAC V2.8: PHI034000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: HM291 .D413 1994, HM291.D413
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, JPA, JBCC, DSA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 November 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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)
    Back cover copy
    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 century. 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.