Reading List – Autonomia to Post-Autonomism

This section contains links to article’s and other resources which I’ve found useful as I’ve been reading for the Bingham Autonomia Group.

Section 1 – The Situationist International and the Society of the Spectacle

This book published in 1967 and was chosen as the starting point for the reading group.

Core Text

The Society of the Spectacle, 1967, Guy Debord. Can be found online here.

Additional Readings

The Revolution of Everyday Life, 1967, Raoul Vaneigem. Can be found online here. This is the other key text written by a member of the situationist international.

Critique of the Situationist International, 1979, Gilles Dauve. Can be found online here.

Intakes: Back to the Situationist International, 2000, Gilles Dauve. Can be found online here.

An Imbecile’s Guide to Guy Debord’s Concept of the Spectacle, 1999, Anselm Jappe. PDF of the Pamphlet can be found here.

Section 2 – Class Composition and the Changing Language of Politics

The political laboratory that was Italy in the 1960’s and 1970’s saw large changes in the ways in which politics was “done”.

Core Texts

Lets Spit on Hegel, Rivolta Femminile. Can be found online here.

Storming Heaven, Steve Wright. For this week we were asked to read chapters one and nine.

Additional Readings

The Italian Background, Ernest Dowson. Online copy can be found here. A brief but useful summary of the political and economic situation in Italy leading up to the struggles of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Lenin in England, Mario Tronti. A key autonomist text, arguing for a re-evaluation of class composition and a changing of political organisation. Can be found online here.

The Subversion of Politics, Giorgios Katsiaficas. A brief but useful summary of the entire cycle of struggle in Italy.

When Two Sevens Clash: Punk and Politics, 2001, Free Association: Interesting transcription of a speech discussing punk, autonomia and autonomous politics. Can be found online here.

The Future at Our Backs, Patrick Cuninghame. Discussion on some of the distinctive tendencies within Italian autonomous politics of the time. Available online here.


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