May '68 and Its Afterlives
Kristin Ross shows how the current official memory of May '68 came to serve a political agenda antithetical to the movement's aspirations. She examines the roles played by sociologists, repentant ex-student leaders, and the mainstream media in giving what was a political event a predominantly cultural and ethical meaning. Recovering the political language of May '68 through the tracts, pamphlets, and documentary film footage of the era, Ross reveals how the original movement, concerned above all with the question of equality, gained a new and counterfeit history, one that erased police violence and the deaths of participants, removed workers from the picture, and eliminated all traces of anti-Americanism, anti-imperialism, and the influences of Algeria and Vietnam. May '68 and Its Afterlives is especially timely given the rise of a new mass political movement opposing global capitalism, from labor strikes and anti-McDonald's protests in France to the demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in Seattle.
List of Abbreviations
1. The Police Conception of History
Sociology and the Police
2. Forms and Practices
The Critique of Specialization
"Vietnam Is in Our Factories"
Entering the Tigers Lair
The Illusions of Representation
3. Different Windows, Same Faces
Reprisals and Trials
Anti-Third-Worldism and Human Rights
Philosophers on Television
4. Consensus and Its Undoing