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Society of the Spectacle

  • By: Peter Muir
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The writings of Guy Debord, and the idea of a society of almost total commodity-based reification the society of the spectacleis likely to remain the most significant legacy of Situationist thought. Debord's major work, The Society of the Spectacle, published in 1967, is a critique on the nature of the individual's identity in French society.

Debord was born in Paris in 1931 and grew up in the Mediterranean city of Cannes. He dropped out of the University of Paris, where he had been accepted to study law, to become a ...

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