Situationism and the recuperation of an ideology in the era of Trump, fake news and post-truth politics

Bleakley, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4072 (2018) Situationism and the recuperation of an ideology in the era of Trump, fake news and post-truth politics. Capital and Class, 42 (3) . pp. 419-434. ISSN 0309-8168 (doi:10.1177/0309816818759231)

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Abstract

As a variant ideology based on libertarian Marxism, the philosophy of situationism failed to achieve widespread popularity beyond a relatively brief timeframe between the late 1950s and early 1970s. Despite this short-lived period of ascendency, the impact of Situationist concepts such as psychogeography, recuperation and the Spectacle have continued to play a role in the ongoing study of how reality is constructed in a system of advanced capitalism. Situationism’s concern with the perception of reality as shaped by the mass media is of particular significance in the context of contemporary politics that has been dubbed the ‘post-truth era’. The disavowal of the mass media by US President Donald Trump may give the impression of a Situationist approach that rejects the impact of such reality-shaping tools, yet a closer inspection of his actions suggests that Trump himself is responsible for the construction of a neo-Spectacle in which the recuperation of anti-establishment sentiment provides the basis for the reconsolidation of the position held by the capitalist elite within American society.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 27876
Notes on copyright: Bleakley, P. (2018). Situationism and the recuperation of an ideology in the era of Trump, fake news and post-truth politics. Capital & Class, 42(3), 419–434. . Copyright © The Author(s) 2018. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816818759231
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Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 13:24
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 04:22
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27876

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