Critique of Everyday Life, Volume 1

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Verso, 1991 - Civilization, Modern - 283 pages
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Henri Lefebvre's three-volume Critique of Everyday Life is perhaps the richest, most prescient work by one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. Written at the birth of post-war consumerism, the Critique was a philosophical inspiration for the 1968 student revolution in France and is considered to be the founding text of all that we know as cultural studies, as well as a major influence on the fields of contemporary philosophy, geography, sociology, architecture, political theory and urbanism. A work of enormous range and subtlety, Lefebvre takes as his starting-point and guide the "trivial" details of quotidian experience: an experience colonized by the commodity, shadowed by inauthenticity, yet one which remains the only source of resistance and change. This is an enduringly radical text, untilmely today only in its intransigence and optimism. Volume One is a groundbreaking analysis of the alienating phenomena of daily life under capitalism.

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Review: Critique of Everyday Life, Vol. 1: Introduction

User Review  - Bob Reutenauer - Goodreads

Verso just put out a beautifully done paperback edition that includes all three volumes of this masterpiece of post war social theory. Volume 1 was finished in 1945. Last 4-5 pages conclude this ... Read full review

Review: Critique of Everyday Life, Vol. 1: Introduction

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

The first in an epic 3-part series, Lefebvre suggests a new field of study- everyday life. His approach is far less rigid than typical Marxist approaches. But like similar Marxist takes (Trotsky's ... Read full review

Contents

In Retrospect II What Has Changed in the Last
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Some Overviews on the Modern World VI Once
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Life DC Plans and Programme for the Future
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Copyright

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Henri Lefebvre (19011991), former resistance fighter and professor of sociology at Strasbourg and Nanterre, was a member of the French Communist Party from 1928 until his expulsion in 1957. He was the author of sixty books on philosophy, sociology, politics, architecture and urbanism.

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