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Situationist International

Edited and translated from the French by Ken Knabb
1981 (2nd printing 1989; 3rd printing 1995)
406 pages
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Preface (updated)


Formulary for a New Urbanism (Chtcheglov, 1953)
Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography (Debord, 1955)
A User’s Guide to Détournement (Debord & Wolman, 1956)
The Alba Platform (Lettrist International, 1956)
Notes on the Formation of an Imaginist Bauhaus (Jorn, 1957)
Report on the Construction of Situations (Debord, 1957)**


On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time
       (Debord, 1959)
Critique of Separation (Debord, 1961)


#1 (1958)
The Sound and the Fury
Preliminary Problems in Constructing a Situation
The Situationists and Automation (Jorn)*
No Useless Leniency (Bernstein)*
Action in Belgium Against the International Assembly of Art Critics

#2 (1958)
Theory of the Dérive (Debord)

#3 (1959)
Détournement as Negation and Prelude
Situationist Theses on Traffic (Debord)

#4 (1960)
The Use of Free Time***
Gangland and Philosophy (Kotányi)**

#5 (1960)
The Adventure**
The Fourth SI Conference in London*

#6 (1961)
Instructions for an Insurrection
Basic Program of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism (Kotányi & Vaneigem)
Perspectives for Conscious Changes in Everyday Life (Debord)

#7 (1962)
Geopolitics of Hibernation
The Bad Days Will End
The Fifth SI Conference in Göteborg*
Basic Banalities (part 1) (Vaneigem)

#8 (1963)
Ideologies, Classes, and the Domination of Nature**
The Avant-Garde of Presence*
The Counter-Situationist Campaign in Various Countries*
All the King’s Men
Basic Banalities (part 2) (Vaneigem)
Situationist International Anti-Public Relations Notice

#9 (1964)
Now, the SI
Response to a Questionnaire from the Center for Socio-Experimental Art

#10 (1966)
Address to Revolutionaries of Algeria and of All Countries
The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy (Watts riot)
The Class Struggles in Algeria
Contribution to a Councilist Program in Spain***
Some Theoretical Topics That Need To Be Dealt With (Vaneigem)
Captive Words: Preface to a Situationist Dictionary (Khayati)
The Role of Godard
The Ideology of Dialogue
Interview with an Imbecile
The Algeria of Daniel Guérin, Libertarian
Domenach versus Alienation*

#11 (1967)
The Explosion Point of Ideology in China
Two Local Wars (Vietnam and Arab-Israel)
Our Goads and Methods in the Strasbourg Scandal
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action Against Politics and Art (Viénet)
Aiming for Practical Truth (Vaneigem)
Setting Straight Some Popular Misconceptions About Revolutions in the Underdeveloped Countries (Khayati)
Minimum Definition of Revolutionary Organizations
Six Postscripts to the Previous Issue*

#12 (1969)
The Beginning of an Era (May 1968 revolt in France):
       part 1
       part 2
Reform and Counterreform in the Bureaucratic Bloc (Prague Spring)
How Not To Understand Situationist Books*
Preliminaries on Councils and Councilist Organization (Riesel)
Notice to the Civilized Concerning Generalized Self-Management (Vaneigem)
The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power (Rothe)
The Latest Exclusions**
Maitron the Historian*
The Elite and the Backward*
Cinema and Revolution
The Organization Question for the SI (Debord)


Preliminaries Toward Defining a Unitary Revolutionary Program
       (Canjuers & Debord, 1960)
For a Revolutionary Judgment of Art (Debord, 1961)
Theses on the Paris Commune (Debord, Kotányi, Vaneigem, 1962)
The Situationists and the New Forms of Action in Politics and Art (Debord, 1963)**
On the Poverty of Student Life (1966)
In Short (1965 & 1969)


Communiqué (Sorbonne Occupation Committee)
Watch Out for Manipulators! Watch Out for Bureaucrats! (SOC)
Slogans To Be Spread Now by Every Means (SOC)
Telegrams (SOC)
Report on the Occupation of the Sorbonne (CMDO)
For the Power of the Workers Councils (CMDO)
Address to All Workers (CMDO)


Provisional Statutes of the SI (1969)
Provisional Theses for the Discussion of New Theoretico-Practical Orientations in the SI (Salvadori, 1970)*
Remarks on the SI Today (Debord, 1970)*
Declaration (Debord, Riesel, Viénet, 1970)
Untitled Text (Debord, 1971)*


Bibliography (continually updated)
The Blind Men and the Elephant (Selected Opinions on the Situationists)
Index to the SI Anthology (merged with the Index to the entire BPS website)
Index to Debords The Society of the Spectacle
Index to Vaneigems The Revolution of Everyday Life



The Society of the Spectacle (Debord, 1967)***:
Guy Debord’s Films (1952-1978)***
Total Self-Management (Vaneigem, 1974)***

* Excerpts.
** Excerpted in the book, but now complete in the online version.
***Online but not in the book.

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