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French Revolutionary Syndicalism and the Public Sphere


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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521021449

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  • This study explores the evolution of the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), and its interaction with the French public sphere, between 1900 and 1920. Kenneth Tucker examines the triumph of this productivism and instrumental rationality, in contrast with other visions of society and the future. He gives a Habermasian twist to the recent linguistic turn in labour history, focusing on the role of competing bodies of knowledge in influencing the self-understanding and strategies of the CGT. He also goes further to situate the rise of productivism within the social and cultural context of the French Third Republic.

    • First book to apply Habermas to a concrete study of the labour movement and other historical problems of post-revolutionary France
    • Modifies Habermasian theory, incorporating post-modern criticisms
    • Highlights the importance of labour movements for understanding shape of modernity while questioning newness of social movements
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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521021449
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.445kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Prologue
    1. The Belle Epoque and revolutionary syndicalism
    Part I. Reconfiguring the Language of Labour: The Advantages and Limitations of a Habermasian Historical Sociology:
    2. Syndicalism, the New Orthodoxy and the postmodern turn
    3. Public discourse and civil society: Habermas, Bourdieu and the new social movements
    Part II. Visions of Modernity in the Liberal and Proletarian Public Spheres: Positivism, Republicanism and Social Science:
    4. The liberal and proletarian public spheres in nineteenth-century France
    5. The fin-de-siècle public sphere, the academic field and the social sciences
    Part III. Exploring Revolutionary Syndicalism:
    6. Pelloutier, Sorel and revolutionary syndicalism
    7. Reformulating revolutionary syndicalism
    8. Toward a new public sphere: Taylorism, consumerism and the postwar CGT
    9. The legacy of syndicalism

  • Author

    Kenneth H. Tucker, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

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