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Le Vampire du Borinage: Raoul Vaneigem, Hiver '60, and the hennuyer working class

Hemmens, Alastair 2013. Le Vampire du Borinage: Raoul Vaneigem, Hiver '60, and the hennuyer working class. Francosphères 2 (2) , pp. 135-147. 10.3828/franc.2013.13

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This article considers the work of Raoul Vaneigem (b.1934), a member of the Situationist International and author of Traité de savoir-vivre à l'usage des jeunes générations (1967), in the context of the social history of Hainaut, Belgium. The first section situates Vaneigem in his working-class background in Hainaut. The second part focuses on the events of the Belgian general strike of winter 1960-61, also known as ‘Hiver '60’. Guy Debord first made direct contact with Raoul Vaneigem during this general strike and Vaneigem joined the Situationist International almost immediately after. The article will reflect on the spontaneous, anti-leftist, nature of the strike and how this, along with many of its other themes, later found expression in the Situationist writing of Raoul Vaneigem and his contribution to the organisation. The overall aim of the article is to suggest that the Situationist response to contemporary social movements in Belgium in part shaped the nature of their influence during May '68 in France.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belgium, Guy Debord, general strike, Hainaut, Hiver '60, May '68, representation, Situationist International, Raoul Vaneigem
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 2046-3820
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:45

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