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3 Frame: On Claude Lefort’s ‘L’Expérience Prolétarienne’

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'L'expérience Prolétarienne' outlines a project for Socialisme ou Barbarie rooted in a vision of the worker and of worker experience that is derived from reading and interpreting 'proletarian-documentary literature'. The project is the temporal inverse of the group's collective approach to autonomous worker actions. In the latter, aspects of autonomous worker actions were linked retrospectively to conflicts that arose in ordinary experience of production. Claude Lefort proposes a time-forward form of revolutionary political action that presupposes a distinction between manifest and latent dimensions of worker experience and situates the dissemination of a comparative analysis and interpretation of worker narratives as a production of social-imaginary significations that could unify and transform this latent register into subjective basis of a form of proletarian class consciousness. Lefort's phenomenology of worker narratives outset the possibility that this type of self-reflexive writing was as much a literary construction as an account of actual experience.

Keywords: 'L'expérience Prolétarienne'; Claude Lefort; phenomenology; proletarian-documentary literature; Socialisme ou Barbarie; worker narratives



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