The Revolution of Everyday Life
Cover of the Gallimard edition
|Original title||Traité de savoir-vivre à l’usage des jeunes générations|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Pages||216 (Left Bank Books and Rebel Press edition)|
ISBN 0-939306-06-9 (US)
The Revolution of Everyday Life (French: Traité de savoir-vivre à l’usage des jeunes générations) is a 1967 book by Raoul Vaneigem, Belgian author, philosopher and one time member of the Situationist International (1961–1970). The original title literally translates as, Treatise on Good Manners for the Younger Generations. John Fullerton and Paul Sieveking chose the title under which the work appears in English.
Vaneigem 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. He 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.