Treatise on Etiquette for the Younger Generations

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

For the next two weeks (Feb 24th, Mar 3rd), we will be Raoul Vaneigem’s Treatise, also known as The Revolution of Everyday Life. Books are available, just get in touch. Internet version is here.

Here’s how it’ll be broken down (although feel free to read the whole thing):

Feb 24th: Introductions, Chapters 1 – 6, 17 – 18.
Mar 3rd: Chapters 19 – 25

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“The book takes the field of “everyday life” as the ground upon which communication and participation can occur, or, as is more commonly the case, be perverted and abstracted into pseudo-forms. The author considers that direct, unmediated communication between “qualitative subjects” is the ‘end’ to which human history tends – a state of affairs still frustrated by the perpetuation of capitalist modes of relation and to be “called forward” through the construction of situations. Under these prevailing conditions, people are still manipulated as docile “objects” and without the “qualititive richness” which comes from asserting their irreducible individuality – it is toward creating life lived in the first person that situations must be “built” . So to speak, it is the humiliation of being but a “thing” for others that is responsible for all the ills Vaneigem equates with modern city life – isolation, humiliation, mis-communication – and toward creating new roles that flout stereotyped convention that freedom comes.

The book was, along with Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle one of the most significant works written by members of the Situationist International (1957–1972).”

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