Towards a Genealogy and Typology of Spectacle: Some Comments on Debord

David Roberts

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Debord's influential theory of the spectacle is vitiated by its lack of historical and analytical differentiation. This article draws on Debord's own undeveloped distinction between the concentrated spectacle and the diffuse spectacle in order to propose a double genealogy and a fourfold typology of the spectacle since the French Revolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-68
Number of pages15
JournalThesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • aestheticization
  • festival
  • sacralization
  • secularisation
  • spectacle

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