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6 Reading Daniel Mothé

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This chapter analyses the 'autobiographical' narratives published in Socialisme ou Barbarie between 1956 and 1957 under the name Daniel Mothé. It analyses Daniel Mothé as a signifier, a textual subject- position fabricated by both Jacques Gautrat and Socialisme ou Barbarie that reproduced significant tensions in Gautrat's relationship with Socialisme ou Barbarie and in Socialisme ou Barbarie's relationship with the working class. The chapter then focuses on Mothé as a narrative function in the Socialisme ou Barbarie articles. It views about the close reading of the first and paradigmatic text of the 1956-7 writings, 'Journal d'un ouvrier'. Through a condensed first-person account, stages Socialisme ou Barbarie's conception of working-class political mobilisation and its fate in the contemporary environment. The analysis discusses mobilisation as the collective appropriation of language games instituted through the field of political/cultural production dominated at Billancourt by the PCF-CGT.

Keywords: 'Journal d'un ouvrier'; Billancourt; Daniel Mothé; Jacques Gautrat; Socialisme ou Barbarie



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