Critique of everyday life

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Verso, 1991 - Family & Relationships - 283 pages
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Whether he is exploring the commercialization of sex or the disappearance of rural festivities, analysing Hegel or Charlie Chaplin, Lefebvre always returns to the ubiquity of alienation, the necessity of revolt. This is an enduringly radical book, untimely today only in its intransigence and optimism.

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Critique of Everyday Life (3-volume Set)

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Lefebvre (1901-91) is credited with the ideology that provoked the 1968 student uprisings in Paris, which started with a strike at Nanterre and rocked much of Europe. These three volumes, each ... Read full review


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This translation of the second edition (1958) of French sociologist and philosopher Lefebvre's Critique de la Vie Quotidienne will introduce the English reader to his examination of the forces and ... Read full review


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

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Henri Lefebvre began his career in association with the surrealist group, from whom he learned Hegel and a concern with dialectical logic. He was the first to translate Marx's early manuscripts into French, and his book "Dialetical Materialism" (published in 1938) became the work from which several generations of French intellectuals learned Marxism. Immediately after the war, Lefebvre began to reflect on a new object of study which he called "daily life." After the publication of" Everyday Life in the Modern World," he was drawn to the analysis of urbanism, and wrote several books on the city, including "Space and Politics" (1972). In the 1960s he became closely involved with the younger school of French architects, and provided a theoretical framework for their work. Finally, the accumulation of these diverse themes led to his major philosophical work," The Production of Space,

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