Treatise on Etiquette for the Younger Generations

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Raoul Vaneigem’s Treatise on Etiquette for the Young Generations aka "The Revolution of Everyday Life", is a refusal of representation and bureaucracy, and emphasizes autonomous desire, play and festivity. Featuring the original French title, this edition reflects the anarchistic impulse of the Situationist International and the events of May 1968. This edition will continue to make this important title accessible to a new "Young Generation", with a new introduction from Jason McQuinn (former publisher of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, which serialized the English translation before it was available in book form in the US) and an affordable price.

The moment of revolt, which means now, is hallowing out for us in the hard rock of our daily lives, days that miraculously retain the delicious colours and the dreamlike charm which - like an Aladdin’s cave, magical and prismatic in an atmosphere all its own - is inalienably ours. The moment of revolt is childhood rediscovered, time put to everyone’s use, the dissolution of the market, and the beginning of generalised self-management.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2012 Edition by Jason McQuinn

Translator's Prefaces

Author's preface to the first French paperback edition

Author's introduction

Part one: Power's perspective

The insignificant signified




The decline and fall of work

Decompression and the third force

The age of happiness

Exchange and gift

Technology and its mediated use

Down quantity street

Mediated abstraction, abstracted mediation



The organization of appearances


The fascination of time

Survival Sickness

Spurious opposition

Part two: Reversal of perspective

Reversal of perspective

Creativity, spontaneity and poetry

Masters without slaves

The space-time of lived experience and the rectification of the past

The unitary triad: self-realization, communication, participation

The interworld and the new innocence

'You won't fuck with us much longer!'

A toast to revolutionary workers