Critique of everyday life

  title={Critique of everyday life},
  author={Henri Lefebvre},
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… 

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The subtitle of Anthony Elliot’s The Culture of AI: Everyday Life and the Digital Revolution, recalls Henry Lefebvre’s (1947/2000) Critique of Everyday Life, a text which had a subversive impact

Marxism and the convergence of utopia and the everyday

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Theorising The Everyday

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Everyday tragedy and creation: Translated from the French by Karen Isabel Ocaña

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Factories, Utopias, Decoration and Upholstery: On Utopia, Modernism, and Everyday Life

This essay explores the ways in which the notion of “everyday life” helps us stage a theoretically productive encounter between modernism/modernity and utopia within the context of late nineteenth-

Revisiting Marx's Concept of Alienation

Alienation was one of the most important and widely debated themes of the twentieth century, and Karl Marx’s theorization played a key role in the discussions. Yet contrary to what one might imagine,

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Henry Green: an oblique approach to the everyday

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State mode of production, autogestion, and anti-productivism

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Space and the State" (1978), and "The Worldwide Experience

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