‘The Society of the Spectacle’ by Guy Debord


Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism and everyday life in the late twentieth century. The Situationist book that helped inspire the May 1968 revolt in France, arguably the most influential book of radical theory in the last fifty years. This new translation by Ken Knabb is the only edition to include extensive annotations, clarifying the sources, references and allusions in this very complex work.

See also: The Society of the Spectacle / La société du spectacle by Guy Debord (1973 documentary Film)