Everyday life in the modern world (Harper torchbooks, by Henri Lefebvre

By Henri Lefebvre

Basing his dialogue on way of life in France, Lefebvre indicates the measure to which our lived-in international and feel of it are formed by way of judgements approximately which we all know little and within which we don't take part.

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The world is fragmented and so are individual nations ; we have fragments of culture, of specialized sciences and of systems and ' sub-systems '. And all the possibilities are now strategical prospections. o be disappearing, it is our last hope. ��i��1 rather than for the rational functioning of a society served by responsible and self-effacing statesmen. Specialized systems of values are conducive to systems of communication, but what have they to communicate apart from their own rules of conduct, their empty shell ?

Thus there are other things besides capital that are subject * This definition is not incompatible with certain others such as 'mono­ polistic capitalism of State', for instance ; but in our opinion it allows for a more thorough analysis of the society's functions and structure and it goes further into actualities and potentialities than the latter, which appears to stress the economic aspect and denotes a certain partiality for economism, ideology and ' values ' in the society it defines. An Inquiry, and Some Discoveries 6 1 t o accumulation: for instance knowledge, techniques and even, to a certain extent, populations, though here opposing tendencies check or arrest the process ; memory is a typical process of ac­ cumulation and therefore an essential component of mechanisms that materialize and techrucalize such a process.

American critical sociology - notwithstanding the weight of orthodox industry-sponsored 'research' - has raised a number of important questions, amongst which is that of the social function of business concerns. We are now aware, through published works corroborating practical experience, that the big ' modem' business concern is not content with the status of economic unit (or group of units) nor with political influence, but tends to invade social experience and to set itself up as a model of organization and ad­ ministration for society in general.

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