1968: Impact and Implications (British Sociological Association Theory Study Group) location:London date:3-4 July 2008
This paper will explore the link between Michel de Certeau‘s writings after May 1968 and the Situationist key notion of re-appropriation. It will argue that de Certeau‘s stress on tactical re-use does not imply a naïve romantic view on subversion. In de Certeau‘s view, the constantly renewed operation of re-appropriation is literally a-subjective and therefore enigmatic. Its true subject, in the original meaning of the word („subjectum‘), is the unconsciousness: daily life is a continuous insistence of the discourse of the Other‘ that punctuates the reigning symbolic discourses and power practices.