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After the Red Army FactionGender, Culture, and Militancy$
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Charity Scribner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168649

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168649.001.0001

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Buildings on Fire

Buildings on Fire

The Situationist International and the Red Army Faction

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After the Red Army Faction

Charity Scribner

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the Red Army Faction's (RAF) ties to the Situationist International (SI), the Paris-based group of artists and activists led by Guy Debord. More specifically, it considers the points of contact between the SI and the Far Left in Germany, as well as the major differences between them. Drawing on a range of sources, from Ulrike Meinhof's journalism on gender and consumer society to Debord's writing on the commodity fetish, it explores the ways that the SI's and the RAF's different definitions of autonomy generated divergent modes of resistance. It also discusses key junctures in the history of each group, including the early impulses to set fire to European cities, their analyses of consumer society, the status of women within the SI and the RAF, and the modes by which each group disbanded and dissolved.

Keywords:   women, Red Army Faction, Situationist International, Guy Debord, Far Left, Germany, Ulrike Meinhof, consumer society, autonomy, fire

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