Critique of everyday life

Published on Jan 1, 1991
Henri Lefebvre31
Estimated H-index: 31
The Critique of Everyday Life is perhaps the richest, most prescient work of one of this century's greatest philosophers. A historian and sociologist, Lefebvre developed his ideas over seven decades through intellectual confrontation with figures as diverse as Bergson, Breton, Sartre, Debord and Althusser. In turn, these ideas had a considerable influence on the most defiantly utopian political movements of recent years. Written at the birth of post-war consumerism, though only now translated into English, the Critique is a book of enormous range of subtlety. Lefebvre takes as his startling-point and guide the 'trivial' details of quotidian experience: an experience colonized by the commodity, shadowed by inauthenticity, yet which remains the only source of resistance and change. 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.
  • References (0)
  • Citations (535)
📖 Papers frequently viewed together
1 Author (Henri Lefebvre)
480 Citations
8,454 Citations
9,547 Citations
78% of Scinapse members use related papers. After signing in, all features are FREE.
Cited By535
Esta contribucion se centra en practicas culturales emergentes en las actividades mediaticas, tomando las tareas como ejemplo de contexto de aprendizaje extraescolar. Usando diarios, se recabaron datos sobre el uso de los medios en las tareas. Sirven como marco teorico, por un lado, la teoria de Medienbildung como triple relacion del actor con el mundo material/objetivo, los demas/la sociedad y consigo mismo; y por otro, la ecologia sociocultural del aprendizaje movil, como relacion triangular e...
#1Heather McKinnon (QUT: Queensland University of Technology)H-Index: 2
#2Marcus Foth (QUT: Queensland University of Technology)H-Index: 33
Last. Gavin J. Sade (QUT: Queensland University of Technology)H-Index: 2
view all 3 authors...
Over a one-month period we ran an in-home study exploring the notions of frugality, resources conservation, and sufficiency amongst 40 urban and regional households across Australia. We used a Research-through-Design approach, adopting the design-led method of design research artefacts, which were all created from discarded items of household waste. What followed was an extremely rewarding but overwhelming time, which culminated in the return of 1,300 individual artefacts from our study particip...
#1Robert Michael Bridi (United Arab Emirates University)
In his book, Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, Harvey (2014: 220 italics in original) identified the alienation of workers among the most “dangerous, if not potentially fatal, contradictions” of capitalism that generates a sense of powerlessness and self-estrangement. In this article, I examine the alienation of migrant workers participating in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP). I argue that conditions internal to the production process (the interaction b...
#1William Merrin (Swansea University)H-Index: 7
This paper argues that the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic of 2019�2020 constituted the first Anthropocenic war: as an anthropogenic virus and biological attack on the human body and as the first global pandemic requiring a truly global response since our recognition of the Anthropocene The paper explores how each nation was forced by the virus into a pause of global connections and relationships and a war against the human body, with the �total demobilization� and bunkerization of their domestic ...
This essay offers close readings of films by the independent US directors Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant with a particular focus on their slow-paced representation of everyday life. Building on the work of Henri Lefebvre, the author proposes that so-called “slow cinema” can be read not simply as an aesthetic choice, but as an alternative and potentially oppositional rhythm in the era of fast capitalism.
In the context of the recent migration crisis affecting Europe, and the impact it has had in its public and political landscapes, there is an urgent need to nurture and manage the value of intercultural societies. The quality of intercultural interaction, particularly in the context of public spaces, have a fundamental influence in shaping social and political attitudes about the coexistence of different cultural groups. This paper argues for the role that intercultural place-making has in artic...
#1Elisa Tamburo (SOAS, University of London)
#1Daniel da Silva Lacerda (UFRGS: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
Last. Vanessa BrulonH-Index: 2
view all 3 authors...
Western representation of countries from the Global South implies a dichotomist view of business ethics: on the one hand, universal ethics largely reproduces commonsensical views of the South as ‘less ethical’, and on the other hand, voices from the South are often conditioned to present themselves as substantially indigenous and unambiguous to be accepted as legitimate ethical subjects. We join the growing interest in bridging this gap by drawing on studies from human geography, and ask to what...
In a significant part of the developing world, especially sub-Saharan Africa, public housing policies and implementation have depended on a top-to-bottom approach in an attempt to ensure housing supply. However, public authorities sometimes backed by international agencies preferring to operate through the housing market have failed to meet the housing need, especially for low-income people. Even when the users are involved like in the slum dwellers association, the organisation of the process i...