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Critique of Everyday Life, Volume 1: Introduction by Henri Lefebvre

By Henri Lefebvre

Henri Lefebvre’s three-volume Critique of daily Life may be the richest, such a lot prescient paintings via one of many 20th century’s maximum philosophers. Written on the start of post-war consumerism, the Critique used to be a philosophical idea for the 1968 pupil revolution in France and is taken into account to be the founding textual content of all that we all know as cultural stories, in addition to a tremendous impression at the fields of up to date philosophy, geography, sociology, structure, political conception and urbanism. a piece of large variety and subtlety, Lefebvre takes as his starting-point and advisor the “trivial” information of quotidian event: an event colonized by way of the commodity, shadowed by means of inauthenticity, but one that continues to be the one resource of resistance and alter. this is often an enduringly radical textual content, untilmely at the present time in basic terms in its intransigence and optimism. quantity One is a groundbreaking research of the alienating phenomena of way of life below capitalism.

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It included men who lived or parented alone, with friends, lovers, former lovers, biological or legal and adopted kin, and children of every “conceivable” origin. I attempted to contact the men and a few of their women kin again when I began to write these chapters in the fall of 2008. That was several months after the historic California Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage and in the midst of the pitched electoral-season battle over Proposition 8, which proposed to amend the state constitution to ban such marriages.

Three Polyamorous Brothers-in-Law Matt and Robert enjoyed close relationships with most of their siblings, nieces and nephews, and extended kin. Particularly titillating to Matt, Robert, and most of their relatives was the household in which Matt’s gay brother-in-law Kevin Engelhard lived. In 1997 Matt’s younger sister, Sophia, Love, Sex, and Kinship in Gay El Layâ•… 25 had married Kevin’s older brother. When I interviewed Sophia in 2001, she reported that their three-year-old daughter was basking in the adoration of five gay uncles.

I was deeply disappointed that my concerted efforts to locate anyone from this family again in 2008 proved fruitless. The former telephone numbers I had for Randolph, Dino, and Mikey were no longer in service, and my dogged Internet search hit a cold trail. I sadly presume that Randolph had died in the intervening years, and with him his rainbow household. Whether or not he had bequeathed any of his estate to Dino, Mikey, and his other boys, or how they have fared without him, I was unable to learn.

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